Charging that “arrogance, betrayal, conspiracy and deceit” are the ABCD of Nitish Kumar’s politics, the BJP-led NDA today launched an all-out attack on the Bihar Chief Minister, accusing him of “shamelessly” distorting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words for “petty political gains”.
BJP came out with an open letter signed by its Bihar leaders besides allies from the state to counter a similar communication by Kumar earlier in which he 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 Chief Minister and his ambitions”.
Defending Modi’s DNA barb, BJP said it was aimed at Kumar’s and not of Bihar’s political DNA. “Mr Nitish Kumar, before writing to the Prime Minister, please apologise to the people of Bihar for shamelessly distorting his words for petty political gains and humiliating Bihar in the process.”
Bihar is not Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar is not Bihar, BJP said, adding that Kumar’s letter is a perfect illustration of “how greed for power compels an individual to do anything, even trample over the history of a wonderful state like Bihar”.
Taking potshots, NDA leaders 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 rest is obviously history,” Sushil Modi and C P Thakur of BJP, Ram Vilas Paswan of LJP, Upendra Kushwaha of RLSP and Jitan Ram Manjhi of HAM wrote, referring to the rout Kumar suffered in the Lok Sabha election in 2014.