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The ongoing verbal spat between friends -turned-political foes took a nasty turn on Monday with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar calling the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi an expert in cultivation of falsehood, whose party questioned Kumar’s state of mind.
“He (Modi) is an expert in the cultivation of falsehood (jhooth ki kheti). He is striving for the post of prime ministership, so instead of speaking unnecessary things he should make known is his vision on various policies,” Kumar said.
The Bihar CM was responding to Modi’s recent remarks that when Patna blasts took place on October 27, Kumar was having a feast at Rajgir. Kumar’s attack on Modi drew a sharp response from the BJP. “I can only say that there is a question mark over the mental state of Nitish Kumar,” party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said.
“Bihar is lagging behind in several aspects and mental health institutes are one of them. The state needs more such institutes,” she said. Sharp barbs at each other by the BJP and Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), who were allies for 17 years till they parted ways in June, is a clear indication of growing bitterness between both sides in a bid to consolidate their respective support bases. Kumar hit out at Modi for his charge of “criminal negligence of security” at his Patna rally that was rocked by serial blasts in which six people died.
“The serial blasts at the Patna rally was most condemnable... But terrorists in a way helped BJP, otherwise its rally at Patna was a flop in terms of the crowd size,” the JD(U) leader said.