Nitish Kumar to PM: Modi ji, your 'DNA' remark hurt Bihar's dignity and legacy

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today took strong objection to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'DNA' remark made against him made during a recent rally, saying it was deemed as "an insult by a large section of the people of the state and beyond" and asked him to withdraw it.

 Nitish Kumar to PM: Modi ji, your DNA remark hurt Bihars dignity and legacy

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. PTI

In an open letter to the PM, which was released on social media sites Facebook and Twitter, Kumar said the comment was unbecoming of the office he holds.

"Your words have been taken as an insult by a large section of the people of the state and beyond. Most of us also feel that coming from you, the comment is rather unbecoming of the office you hold," he said.

Referring to Modi's proposed visit to Gaya on August 9, Kumar said he was writing this letter on behalf of those who felt hurt by his statement.

"I have no doubt that this gesture of yours (withdrawing the DNA remark) would go a long way in assuaging the sentiments of people and would further enhance the respect people have for you," he said.

During a speech at a rally in Muzaffarpur on July 25, Modi remembered the way Kumar had invited him to dinner and later cancelled the invitation. The PM went on to add that Kumar had not only disrespected him but also a 'mahadalit' like former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

"There seems to be some problem in his DNA because the DNA of democracy is not like that. In democracy you respect even your political rivals," Modi had said at the rally.

"Most of us feel these statements have gone beyond questioning my own descent. They have disrespected the lineage of our people and denigrated the great legacy of the state," the senior JD(U) leader said in the letter.

"This also gives credence to the feeling that perhaps you and your party hold a prejudice against the people of Bihar. I wonder how come the gravity of such statements repeatedly miss your alert conscience," he said.

Kumar, who has aligned with RJD, Congress and NCP to counter NDA in the coming Assembly elections, reminded Modi that this is not the first time such remarks have been made by the saffron party leaders.

"Earlier, your colleague and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari had said that casteism is in the DNA of Bihar. Interestingly, these are the same people who reposed their faith in you and contributed towards electing you to the highest office of the country with an overwhelming majority," he added.

Here's what he wrote to the PM:

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Updated Date: Aug 05, 2015 16:06:15 IST