The Congress on Saturday questioned Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's secular credentials over a newspaper advertisement showing him holding hands with Narendra Modi and said it had "exposed" the real face of the JD(U) leader.
"The advertisement displays the cosy relations between the two leaders who had a smile on their faces," the new state unit Congress president Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser said here in a statement.
"The advertisement appeared to mock the minority community," he said while referring to the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Ridiculing the chief minister's statement threatening legal action against those behind the publication of the advertisement, Kaiser said no amount of explanation would clear his public association with the Gujarat chief minister.
Kaiser said that the advertisement has "exposed the real face" of the JD(U) leader to the minority community.
The Congress leader also took a dig at the BJP for organising a 'Swabhiman rally' here tomorrow, saying the party had played second fiddle in the Nitish Kumar government.