On Tuesday, RJD in Bihar took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who shared the same stage at an election rally at Gaya, wonder whether PM Modi ‘secretly’ expressed regret to Mr. Kumar over the legendary “DNA” remark.
“Hope the DNA episode was discussed. And explanations offered that the words had been uttered unwittingly,” said RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav when he was enquired about what he thinks of the rally where PM Modi, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, and CM Kumar put up a joint showcase of strength for the NDA government.
He also referred to the Prime Minister’s remake, which he made during 2015 Assembly Elections, in which opposition contested in alliance with JD(U)-led by Nitish Kumar besides Congress.
Narendra Modi, who is once again projected as the Prime Ministerial Candidate by centre and state-ruling BJP had led Mr. Kumar to separate from JD(U)’s 17-years-old ties with BJP, had also attacked Mr. Kumar over the removal of Jitan Ram Manjhi as the Chief Minister.
He had further mocked at the manner in which “a Mahadalit was insulted” indicated that there was “something wrong with the political DNA” of the JD(U) leader.
Nitish Kumar had taken strong exception to the remark, claims that it was tantamount to insult the entire population of Bihar.
However, the bitter rivalry between the two leaders took a back seat over time and Nitish Kumar returned back to NDA in 2017 after ending its alliance with RJD on the ground of corruption allegations against Mr. Yadav, who was then the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
At an election rally in Gaya, they showered praises on each other. The Prime Minister lauded CM Kumar for getting all villages across the state electrified and said, “I can say from experience (as Gujarat Chief Minister) that this is no mean feat.”
CM Kumar also thanked Modi government for extending full cooperation for the development of the state, which includes Rs. 50,000 crore aid for building roads. He further urged the population of Bihar to cast vote in large numbers for NDA government and help PM Modi to return to power.
However, Mr. Yadav maintained that PM Modi has promises like generous central assistance for the development of Gaya, which is a popular Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage town into a tourist spot.
In 2018, Manjhi had left the NDA, who had been at the centre of “NDA episode” and now is a part of the grand alliance or mahagathbandhan led by RJD, comprising of Congress, Mukesh Sahni’s VIP, and Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP.
Manjhi is a former Chief Minister from Bihar, who had also floated HAM (Hindustani Awam Morcha), after quits JD(U), now the mahagathbandhan candidate from Gaya.
Not popular for being active on Twitter, Manji tool to micro-blogging site accused PM Modi of pursuing “Politics of Hate”.
The HAM President tweets, “You are welcome to the holy city of Gaya. This land has been made pure by luminaries like Buddha and Mahavira. Your politics of hate will find no takers here.”
His message came in a reply to a tweet from PM Modi earlier in the day, in which the Prime Minister had scheduled to hold two rallies in Bihar- at Jamui and followed by Gaya.