The ruling JD(U) and its ally RJD will be organising a Swabhiman (self-respect) Rally on August 29 at Gandhi Maidan in Patna in response to a spate of crticisms levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The rally would be addressed both by chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad - the first time they will be coming together for elections.
Sources said the Swambhiman Rally has been planned to step up heat against the BJP and give a befitting reply to PM Narendra Modi’s barb against the chief minister calling his ‘DNA’ as being made of deceit and treachery.
“It will be also a show of strength of the Janata coalition and a counter to BJP’s Parivartan rallies (rallies for change), which drew massive gatherings at Muzaffarpur and Gaya.
“The BJP and PM Modi have insulted the people of Bihar by questioning its DNA. The Swabhiman Rally is aimed to tell people how BJP has no respect for Bihari Asmita (pride),” said senior JD ( U) minister Vijay Chaudhary.
Modi had made the ‘DNA’ barb against Kumar at the BJP’s first election campaign rally in Muzaffarpur on July 25, kicking off a war of words between the two rival parties even as Nitish wrote a letter to the PM seeking an apology over his remark.
On its part, the BJP has countered the charge, saying Nitish was twisting facts as the PM had questioned the chief minister’s “political DNA” for the latter sidelining some of the JD(U) veterans and ditching old allies over his own ego and arrogance.
Both the JD( U) and RJD have been the butt of attacks by the Prime Minister. On Sunday, Modi dubbed the chief minister as “Chandan Kumar” while firing a salvo at the RJD chief by calling him “Bhujang Prasad”, rubbing in a Rahim couplet cited by Kumar, which said snakes wound around sandalwood does not affect the tree. The BJP also attempted to run down the RJD for its 15 year ‘mis-rule, while warning against its attempt to climb back to power.
In a tweet on Monday, the chief minister also attacked the PM for calling Bihar a ‘BIMARU’ state at the Gaya rally on Sunday saying it was another reflection of PM Modi’s hatred for the state.
Similiarly, the RJD chief also slammed Modi, saying “the Prime Minister’s personal attacks was unbecoming of a person holding the top post of the country”.
He has also called the BJP as “jumlebaazi (idioms) party”, even as Nitish described BJP as “Badka Jhootha Party”.
“The arrogance of PM Modi suffered a dent in the Delhi polls where it just won three seats. Now in the upcoming Bihar polls, Modi’s arrogance would suffer another big blow which would put a question mark on the existence of the BJP,” said RJD’s senior leader Abdul Badi Siddiqui. He said the rally would witness an unprecedented turnout unlike BJP’s election rallies, which is largely attended by party cadres.