Police lodged FIRs on Tuesday against Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and BJP president Amit Shah for derogatory remarks against each other at separate rallies ahead of the high-stakes elections in Bihar that kick off on October 12.
Additional chief electoral officer R Lakshmanan said two separate FIRs were lodged against Lalu for calling Shah a “narbhakshi (cannibal)”, which the election commission found violated the Representation of People Act and the Indian Penal Code.
Shah was booked for calling the RJD chief “chara chor (fodder thief)”, a reference to the fodder scam case where Lalu was convicted and jailed for five years.
The RJD chief used the ‘narbhakshi’ barb against Shah on October 1 in reaction to his ‘chara chor’ remark.
There are also several complaints against Lalu for hurting religious sentiments by saying “Hindus too eat beef”, a statement that triggered a controversy and made BJP leader Sushil Modi promise a ban on cow slaughter if the saffron party came to power.
Complainants expressed concern that Lalu’s remarks may affect peace and law and order.
Following the lynching of a Muslim man in neighbouring UP, beef consumption and cow slaughter have become poll issues in Bihar, where a saffron-led coalition is up against a grand alliance of the RJD, Janata Dal(United) and Congress.