After son Tej Pratap’s fumble, Lalu points to PM Modi’s faulty oath

  • Arun Kumar, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2015 16:43 IST
Tej Pratap (right) takes oath at the ceremony in Patna. (PTI Photo)

After his son Tej Pratap fumbled while taking oath at the swearing-in ceremony of chief minister Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad hit back at critics through a couple of tweets, asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take oath afresh for being unable to pronounce the word ‘akshunn’ (intact).

Health minister Tej Pratap had failed to correctly pronounce ‘apekchhit’ (expected) at the November 20 ceremony, instead saying ‘upekchhit’ (neglected). This led to some embarrassment as governor Ramnath Kovind asked him to repeat the oath.

On Sunday, Prasad uploaded a video of Modi’s swearing-in ceremony to highlight that even the PM had not pronounced the word ‘akshunn’ (intact) correctly, instead pronouncing it ‘akchann’.

“This shows that they have an agenda to break the country as the PM never took the oath to keep the sovereignty and integrity of the country intact. The oath is meaningless if he could not pronounce ‘akshunn’. ‘Akshann’ has no meaning in Hindi and, hence, he should take the oath afresh,” Prasad tweeted.

On Saturday, Prasad’s younger son Tejashwi, Bihar’s youngest deputy CM, also tweeted that a book should not be judged by its cover, in a reference to criticism about the inexperience of Prasad’s two sons. “Cynics, biased ones with vested interest will always be dismissive, but the stakeholders — the people of the state — will reap the fruits of trust shown in youth,” he tweeted.

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