Leader of the Opposition Rabri Devi’s allegedly abusive remarks against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and state JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lalan has sparked off a controversy with the ruling party threatening today to file a defamation suit against her and complaining to the Election Commission.
“It is quite surprising that a leader like Rabri Devi who ruled Bihar more than seven and half years is using such abusive words against her political opponents when a debate is on in the people’s court for support,” JD(U) National Spokesman Shivanand Tiwari said while threatening to approach the Election Commission for violating the code of conduct.
JD(U) has taken the remarks “very very seriously” and would be filing a defamation case against her after consulting legal experts, he said.
A television footage today showed showed Rabri Devi, a former chief minister as saying “Lalan Singh is brother-in-law of Nitish ... and Nitish is the brother-in-law of Lalan. That is why both of them are seen holding each other’s hands.”
She was shown addressing an election meeting yesterday at Chapra to canvass support for her husband and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who is locked in a straight fight with BJP spokesman and former union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Saran Lok Sabha constituency.