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Bihar’s JD-U collects 1.5 million samples for DNA testing

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Patna: Bihar’s ruling JD-U has collected 1.5 million hair and nail samples of its party leaders, workers and supporters to send to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a DNA test, in protest against his comment questioning Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s DNA at a public rally.

“Till date, the party has collected 1.5 million samples from JD-U leaders and workers for a DNA test and we have set a target to collect fifty lakh samples during the Swabhiman rally of the JD-U along with RJD and Congress on August 30 here,” JD-U spokesperson Ajay Alok said.

Alok said that 80 counters would be set up to collect samples at Gandhi Maidan here, the site of the rally.

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Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad are actively wooing supporters to make their joint rally a success. The event will be their first big show of unity, a year after the two leaders joined hands in a bid to defeat the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state.

Alok said that the party is confident it would collect 5 million (50 lakh) samples to send to Modi by September 15.

“We have given a target to party leaders including legislators, MPs and others to collect samples for DNA test from their respective constituencies across the state,” he added.

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Earlier, the JD-U launched a “shabdwapsi” campaign to put pressure on Prime Minister Modi to take back his remark and began a drive to collect signatures.

Addressing a public meeting in Muzaffarpur on July 25, Modi said: “There seems to be some problem in his (Nitish Kumar) DNA because the DNA of democracy is not like that. In democracy, you give respect even to your political rivals.”

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Published on: Friday, August 28, 2015, 05:43 PM IST
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