Hitting back at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with an open letter, the BJP accused him of “equating his supreme arrogance with the identity of Bihar”. The BJP said that “arrogance, betrayal, conspiracy and deceit” are the ABCD of his politics.
The BJP, preparing for a fierce electoral battle in Bihar, alleged that the JD(U) leader has been “shamelessly distorting” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words for “petty political gains”.
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The BJP came out with an open letter signed by its Bihar leaders and allies from the state to counter a similar communication by Kumar earlier in the day. Nitish had hit out at Modi for taking a dig at his DNA and called it an insult to the people of Bihar.
The strong-worded reply dubbed Kumar’s letter “a flop comedy film” after being shown a “much hyped and grand trailer” and said it was a “clear, condemnable and calculated attempt to misappropriate the voice of Bihar as the voice of one man, the CM and his ambitions”.
Earlier in the day, at a press conference, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad took on the Bihar CM and questioned “what kind of Bihari identity he showed by declining a dinner invite to Modi and returning Rs 5 crore and other relief material he as the then Gujarat CM had sent to Bihar to help flood victims in 2010”.
Defending Modi’s DNA barb, BJP said it was aimed at Kumar’s and not of Bihar’s political DNA. The letter said Kumar should apologise to the people of Bihar for shamelessly distorting his words for petty political gains and humiliating Bihar in the process.”
The correspondence signed by the NDA leaders addressed to “brothers and sisters” of Bihar, said Kumar’s advisors had failed him after they “tricked” him into believing that he would be the prime minister, which led him to break his party JD(U)’s alliance with BJP.
The letter was signed by Sushil Modi and C P Thakur of BJP, Ram Vilas Paswan of LJP, Upendra Kushwaha of RLSP and Jitan Ram Manjhi of HAM. It further said: “Bihar for time immemorial has been the land of democracy, tolerance, dialogue and visionary leadership. It is Bihar whose history is rich with democratic republics… It is not the culture of Bihar to insult the poor and downtrodden, the mahadalits which Shri Nitish Kumar did,” they said, pointing to removal of Manjhi as the chief minister.