Oppn Demands Apology for Bihar Min’s ‘Finger Chopping’ Comments
While the Congress has demanded an apology, Rabri Devi said many in Bihar are ready to slit PM’s throat
The Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on 21 November have retorted strongly against the BJP for its Bihar unit chief saying that any finger or hand raised against the Prime Minister would be chopped off. The Congress asked if Narendra Modi or party president Amit Shah would apologise for the comment.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also hit out at a section of the media and asked if "bhakt channels" would hold discussions on Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai's comments on 19 November.
"Will hands and fingers now be chopped off for asking Modiji questions? Will Amit Shah dare act against his Bihar BJP chief?" Surjewala asked on Twitter.
Former Bihar Chief Minsiter Rabri Devi condemned the comments saying many in Bihar are ready to chop PM Modi’s hands and slit his throat.
If they do so, will the people of Bihar keep quiet? There are many people in Bihar ready to slit his (PM Modi) throat and chop-off his handsRabri Devi, Former Bihar Chief Minister
Bihar BJP Chief and Lok Sabha MP Nityanand Rai said on 20 November that everyone should “value” Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “If any finger is raised against him,” it would be broken or chopped off, the MP suggested.
Speaking at a function in Bihar, the BJP leader said:
Your own son rose out of poverty to become PM, regardless of differences everyone in the country should value it. If any hand or finger is raised against him (Modi), we should come together and break it, and if need be even chop it off.Nityanand Rai, Bihar BJP Chief and Lok Sabha MP
According to The Indian Express, the leader who was addressing an audience at a Vaishya and Kanu (OBC) communities’ function, added:
When Narendra Modi’s mother would serve food to him, neither she would see her son in that plate nor the son would see the mother. From such circumstances, he has grown to be PM — the son of a poor, each individual should be honoured by this.
Rai Retracts Statement
Later he retracted the statement and told ANI that he regretted making it.
The politician told The Indian Express that his “broken or chopped off” comment was a metaphor.
That expression of breaking fingers and chopping hands was used as proverbs to convey that we would strongly deal with those who rise against the country’s pride and security. I meant country after I had finished talking about the PM’s inspiring journey.Nityanand Rai
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi also reportedly attended the function.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)
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