Modi should retract DNA remark: Nitish

Modi should retract DNA remark: Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has strongly protested against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark that there was “something wrong in Nitish’s DNA.”

In an open letter to Modi, Nitish told the prime minister that his remarks were deliberate slur and in bad taste. “It has not only berated me but has hurt the pride and sentiments of every Bihari. I, therefore, request you to withdraw your remarks,” tweeted Nitish here on Wednesday.

Modi, while addressing his first rally in Bihar after taking over as PM, had made the unpleasant remark against Nitish in Muzaffarpur on July 25.

Deeply hurt over the remarks, Nitish said he was son of a freedom fighter and entire Bihar was in his DNA. The JD(U) has decided it to make its a poll issue during the Assembly polls slated for October-November.

Bihar is not Nitish: NDA

Meanwhile, launching a counter-offensive against Nitish, NDA leaders wrote an open letter saying “Bihar is not Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar is not Bihar.” The signatories include leaders like Ram Vilas Paswan, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Upendra Kushwaha, Sushil Modi and C P Thakur.

“We are deeply anguished that there is a clear, condemnable and calculated attempt to misappropriate the voice of Bihar as the voice of one man, the Chief Minister and his ambitions... Bihar is not Nitish and Nitish is not Bihar.”

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