Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday raked up the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘DNA’ barb against him and hit out at NDA leaders for jumping in favour of the PM and making statements on the his behalf.
“I had made a request to the Prime Minister to take back DNA comments as it does not suit a man holding high constitutional post of Prime Minister making such a comment,” Kumar said, addressing a function to lay foundation stone for installation of a statue of former Congress Chief Minister Satyendra Narayan Sinha.
“Had he not been sitting on PM post I would not have taken notice of the comment. But, since many people of Bihar feel hurt by his DNA comment against me, I thought it right to urge Modi to withdraw it,” Kumar said.
Launching a scathing attack on NDA leaders for rallying around PM and making statements on his behalf, Kumar said, “I had made a request to the PM and not to a BJP or NDA leader.”
Kumar reiterated he is son of a freedom fighter who taught him good ‘sanskar’ (culture) and inculcated in him high values of tolerance, communal harmony and fight injustice.
“In my childhood I saw my father not allowing any visitor to leave home without offering food. I have grown up with such values,” he said.
Meanwhile, RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav came in support of the Bihar CM. “Gujarati bosses of BJP don’t have credentials to lambast DNA and genes of the descendants of Gautam Buddha, Karna, Bimbisar, Ashoka and Chanakya,” the RJD chief said in his Twitter handle.
“Deploring DNA of elected Bihar CM is akin to insulting all Biharis. Appalled that no Bihar BJP leader felt offended by their Gujarati Boss,” he said.
The RJD chief’s wife and former chief minister, Rabri Devi, also came in favour of Kumar and asked the PM to tender an apology to the people of Bihar for his remarks.
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