Nitish's couplet salvo aimed at BJP, almost hits partner Lalu Prasad

Realising the potential damage the misunderstanding could cause, the chief minister however quickly clarified that its target was the Bharatiya Janata Party and not Prasad.

FP Politics July 22, 2015 15:26:51 IST
Nitish's couplet salvo aimed at BJP, almost hits partner Lalu Prasad

Turning to ancient literature to take on BJP almost proved to be political suicide for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar when his tweet quoting ancient poet Kabir was considered as a jibe against Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav.

Nitishs couplet salvo aimed at BJP almost hits partner Lalu Prasad

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. PTI

Realising the potential damage the misunderstanding could have caused, the chief minister however quickly clarified that it was intended for the Bharatiya Janata Party and not Prasad.

Clarifying that he did not mean any ill-will towards Prasad, Kumar told reporters today, "Didn't Lalooji also say zehar pii lenge? Did he mean Nitish is zehar?So 'zehrila vihar' in tweet is BJP."

Here's what the chief minister said:

https://twitter.com/NitishKumar/status/623488153286873088

After years of bitter political acrimony, Prasad and Kumar finally joined hands in April this year to form the Janata Parivar with four other parties. Headed by Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, the new umbrella organisation has Janata Dal (United), SP, RJD, Janata Dal (Secular) and Indian National Lok Dal as its members. The Janata Parivar is on a mission to uproot communal forces (read BJP) after it gained ground considerably following the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

However, Kumar made it clear that despite the political differences it won't have any impact on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state on 25 July.

"I will welcome the prime minister. I will be at the airport to receive him. If invited I will attend the function too," the chief minister said.

Prime Minister Modi will release 'Vision 2050' prepared by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research in Patna on 25 July.

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