NaMo Stirs Bihar Electoral Pot, Says Lalu Insulted ‘Yaduvanshis’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Parivartan Rally in Samastipur, Bihar.(Photo: <a href="https://twitter.com/BJP4India/status/652103977165697024">Twitter/BJP</a>)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Parivartan Rally in Samastipur, Bihar.(Photo: Twitter/BJP)

NaMo Stirs Bihar Electoral Pot, Says Lalu Insulted ‘Yaduvanshis’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi vigorously stirred Bihar’s electoral pot and launched a scathing attack on RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for his “Hindus also eat beef” remarks. Modi said that the comments are an “insult” to “Yaduvanshis” and are attempts to communalise the Bihar polls.

Modi, whose silence on the Dadri beef lynching incident has been questioned by the opposition, repeatedly targeted Lalu over his remark, terming it as an insult to the “Yaduvanshis” (Yadava clan) and also Bihar.

What all is he saying. What all Yadavs eat? Whatever position Lalu rose to, it was because of these Yaduvanshis and he insulted them. What kind of abuses you are hurling at them. Is it not an insult of Yadavs and Bihar? Do not humiliate the Yaduvanshis so much? Laluji, these Yaduvanshis helped you to come to power.
— Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India

The Prime Minister also trashed Lalu’s explanation that he made the beef remark under the influence of “Shaitan” (devil).

I wonder the devil got only his (Lalu) body to enter. I want to know how the shaitan got the address (of Lalu). The devil got no other body in entire Bihar, India and the whole world except that of his. And he also welcomed the devil as if some relative has come.
— Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India

Modi’s repeated reference to Lalu’s beef remark drew a sharp reaction from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who tweeted this in response:

In his tweets, Kumar referred to the then-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s words to Modi during his visit to a relief camp after the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat when Modi was the Chief Minister.

Modi also used the death anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan today to attack Nitish and Lalu, saying those who once sang paeans to the socialist leader have now joined hands with Congress which had sent JP to jail during Emergency.

Congress imposed Emergency and put JP behind bars where he fell ill and as a result passed away early... Standing by the same Congress, they are now abusing BJP. Congress ruled the state for 35 years followed by 15 years of RJD and 10 years of JD-U.
— Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India

Under constant attack from the grand alliance over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s demand for a review of the reservation policy — a contention rejected by BJP — Modi attempted to project the Bihar election as a fight beyond caste issue and reached out to the youth.

Political pundits will be forced to change their thinking in Bihar. For the first time it will be (fought) above caste considerations. It will be fought on the issue of youth and development. These will be the central issues now.
— Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India

(With inputs from PTI.)

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