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BJP blasts Telangana CM for ‘Bihar DNA’ barb

ByPress Trust of, New Delhi
Dec 07, 2023 08:55 PM IST

Reddy reportedly said during a recent interaction with journalists that K Chandrashekar Rao, the first chief minister of Telangana, has “Bihari genes”, indicating that he was a better choice for the state than KCR.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday came down heavily on Telangana chief minister Revanth Reddy for his “Bihar DNA” remark and demanded that the Congress and other members of the opposition INDIA bloc condemn his comment and ask him to apologise.

Senior BJP leader and MP Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives to address a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI)
Senior BJP leader and MP Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives to address a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI)

Reddy reportedly said during a recent interaction with journalists that K Chandrashekar Rao, the first chief minister of Telangana, has “Bihari genes”, indicating that he was a better choice for the state than KCR.

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“My DNA is Telangana. KCR’s DNA is Bihar. He belongs to Bihar. KCR’s caste is Kurmi. They migrated from Bihar to Vijayanagaram and from there to Telangana. Telangana DNA is better than Bihar DNA,” Reddy had allegedly said.

Senior BJP leader and former union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed Reddy’s remarks “very shameful, divisive and arrogant” and demanded that the Congress and other INDIA bloc members condemn it.

He also demanded an apology from Reddy for making such remarks against the people of Bihar.

“I condemn his remarks,” Prasad told PTI at the Parliament complex on Thursday.

“Does he want to break the country? The big question here is why are the INDIA alliance members silent. Why has Nitish Kumar not said anything (on Reddy’s remarks) so far? What are the Congress members in Bihar doing?” Prasad said. he also questioned the silence of former Congress presidents Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Reddy’s remarks.

“Your chief minister calls one region’s DNA weak and makes very shameful casteist remarks against his own party leaders (who are in Bihar), this is very unfortunate. We condemn it. The Congress party should also condemn it if they have even a little understanding of the significance of unity in the country,” he said.

BJP’s Buxar MP and union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said Reddy’s “petty” remarks have hurt the sentiments of the people of Bihar and demanded that chief minister Nitish Kumar respond to it.

“Congress leaders are creating a dirty atmosphere in the country... The kind of petty remarks that the Congress leader, who is... the chief minister (of Telangana), has made, people will give them a befitting reply,” Choubey told PTI.

BJP MP and former deputy chief minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, also hit out at the Congress and its INDIA bloc allies over Reddy’s remarks. He said, “The INDI Alliance members kept insulting Hindu Dharma and Sanatan Dharma. Now they have come to Bihar DNA. Is it appropriate to say that Telangana DNA is better than the Bihar DNA and make such insulting comments against the people of another state?”

Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai described it as “an insult to the people of the state”.

In a statement, Rai, the MP from Ujiarpur in Bihar, said, “Reddy’s ‘Bihar DNA’ remark exposes the mindset of Congress leaders, who are trying to create a divide in society in the name of caste and creed”.

“Reddy’s comment is an insult to the people of the state. The grand alliance government in the state has the support of Congress whose leaders make such comments against the people of Bihar,” Rai said.

People of Bihar will not forgive Congress leaders in the coming Lok Sabha polls, he added.

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