New Delhi : Social harmony is in the DNA of NDA, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said amid escalating war of words between BJP and JD-U over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s DNA barb in Bihar and reminded that the BJP did not leave its allies.
“Peaceful co-existence and social harmony are not only ingrained in India but also in NDA. One may ask how these two qualities are in the DNA of NDA. It is proved… Social harmony and peaceful co-existence are our commitment not our compulsion,” he said, while releasing three books penned by the Prime Minister including one on social harmony, reports PTI.
He reasoned that while the BJP needed allies when Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was formed as it was short of numbers it was not so in 2014 when it got an absolute majority.
“It is due to the fact that social harmony and peaceful existence are in our DNA that we decided to form the government with our allies with whom we had fought elections,” he said.
The Home Minister’s remarks came in the backdrop of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday announcing to launch “take back your words” campaign, saying Modi’s remark was an “insult” to the people of the state.
Addressing BJP’s first “Parivartan rally” at Muzaffarpur on July 25, Modi had made the “DNA” comment against Kumar. Kumar’s JD-U had parted ways from BJP breaking its 17-year-old alliance with NDA in June 2013 opposing Modi’s elevation within the BJP.