Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Gaya on August 9, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has sent an open letter to Modi saying that his “DNA remarks” had hurt the people of Bihar and “weakened the collective faith of people” in the PM’s leadership.
Modi, while attacking Nitish Kumar at a rally in Muzaffarpur on July 25, had said that it seemed that there was “some problem with Nitish Kumar’s DNA”, referring to the frequent change of political allegiance of Nitish Kumar.
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The PM soon corrected it by calling it “loktantra ke DNA (DNA of democracy)”.
Nitish, has now described the DNA remark as an “insult” to people of Bihar. On Wednesday, he posted his open letter to the PM on Twitter and invited questions for live interactions on his new initiative on the social networking site.
Nitish wrote: “The issue (DNA remark) has been troubling many of us since then. Now, as you are scheduled to visit the state again, I am writing to you on behalf of those who have felt hurt by your statement. Your words have been taken as an insult by a large section of the people of the state and beyond. Most of us also feel that coming from you, the comment is rather unbecoming of the office you hold.”
The Bihar CM also reminded the PM of BJP leader Nitin Gadkari’s remarks that “casteism is in the DNA of Bihar”. He also reminded the PM that the people of Bihar had contributed to NDA’s overwhelming win.
“Ours is the same state that had been the cradle of civilization and had given birth to some of the greatest icons in history. Needless to say, when such statements are made, it weakens the collective faith of people in your leadership”, said Nitish in his letter to the Prime Minister.
“Most of us feel that these statements have disrespected the lineage of our people and have denigrated the great legacy of the state. This also gives credence to the feeling that perhaps you and your party hold a prejudice against the people of Bihar,” added Nitish, wondering how gravity of such statements missed the PM’s “alert conscience”.