The Prime Minister is no ‘dehati aurat’. But the Bihar chief minister is. For the Bharatiya Janata Party, that is.
Senior BJP leader and former state minister Giriraj Singh on Saturday said that chief minister Nitish Kumar was “quarelling” with the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi like a “dehati aurat (rustic woman) out of jealousy”.
The comments came weeks after Modi himself took strong exception to the same term being purportedly used by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to describe a “whining” Manmohan Singh, his Indian counterpart.
The Pakistan government later denied the allegation but the term nevertheless found a place in India’s political folklore in an atmosphere surcharged by the forthcoming assembly elections in five states and the general election slated for early next year.
“He (Nitish Kumar) is behaving like a ‘dehati aurat’ and
quarrelling with Narendra Modi out of jealousy,” Singh told reporters at the Patna airport during Modi’s visit to the state to meet victims of last Sunday’s serial blasts at the Gandhi Maidan.
Six people were killed and over 90 injured in the blasts which took place before the start of Modi’s rally. The Gujarat chief minister, however, went ahead with his rally and addressed the crowd.
“It does not seems he is a chief minister the way he is acting against Narendra Modi out of jealousy,” Singh said adding, “this reflects his small mindedness.”
Singh had served as the minister for animal husbandry before the ruling Janata Dal (United) led by Nitish Kumar parted ways with the BJP in the state.
Kumar was apparently unhappy with the naming of Modi as party’s prime ministerial candidate, a post he is himself said to be eyeing.
Modi, after reaching here around 11.15 pm on Friday night, had put up at the state guest house which is across the road to Nitish Kumar’s 1 Anne Marg residence.