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Shun intemperate language against Nitish, JD (U) tells RJD; warns of consequences

At a rally in Bhagalpur on Sunday, RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son and former health minister Tej Pratap Yadav had said social media pictures of Nitish Kumar reminded him of a ‘pregnant woman’.

patna Updated: Sep 11, 2017 20:47 IST
Vijay Swaroop
Vijay Swaroop
Hindustan Times, Patna
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Bihar minister Lalan Singh held a press meet in Patna on Monday to warn the RJD to watch its words. (Santosh/HT photo)

As the political lingo in Bihar hit a new low, the ruling JD (U) took exception to the language used by RJD leaders against chief minister Nitish Kumar and other NDA leaders during a rally organised by the Lalu Prasad-led RJD at Bhagalpur in south-eastern Bihar on Sunday to highlight the Srijan scam.

At the rally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son and former minister Tej Pratap Yadav had said social media pictures of Nitish Kumar reminded him of a ‘pregnant woman’. Others had alleged that most of the NDA leaders had ‘girlfriends’.

Taken aback by such barbs, the ruling NDA warned the RJD to “either maintain restraint in use of words or be ready to face the music”.

On Monday, two senior JD (U) ministers, Bijendra Prasad Yadav and Rajiv Ranjan alias Lalan Singh came down heavily on the RJD leadership for losing its mental balance out of desperation after the party was kicked out of office in late July, when the grand alliance government fell in the wake of Kumar’s resignation as CM.

Kumar had quit after deputy CM Tejeshwi Prasad Yadav of the RJD had failed to “clear the air” on an FIR filed against him by the CBI, naming him as a beneficiary in ‘land in lieu of railways hotels lease’, an alleged scam from the days when his father Lalu Prasad was railways minister (2004-09).

Kumar subsequently formed a new government along with the BJP.

That the JD (U) had taken the RJD utterances very seriously was evident from the fact that all the six party spokesperson were present during the press conference addressed by the two ministers.

“At least this was not expected from a leader of Lalu Prasad’s stature. It is uncivilized,” said Singh and Yadav, jointly addressing the media persons.

The two leaders advised the RJD leadership to be prudent in its choice of words. “Mind your language and maintain restraint. If you start crossing the Laxmanrekha, we will not sit back,” warned Singh. “He (Lalu) has become desperate,” he added.

The JD (U) leaders denied the charge levelled by RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh that the use of uncultured language was started by JD (U) spokespersons.

CM Kumar, ever since he joined hands with the BJP, had been at the receiving end of harsh words from the RJD.

If it was not RJD chief Lalu Prasad, then it was his son and former deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav taking on a person he moved around with till a couple of months ago and called him his ‘chacha’.

The RJD chief, after the alliance broke, described JD (U) spokespersons as Alsatians (a breed of dog). Recently, he said ‘ullus’ (owls) were unable to see during daytime, in an obvious reference to JD (U) questioning the magnitude of the gathering at a recent RJD rally.

In fact, use of intemperate language started during the Bihar assembly polls, held in 2015, which will be long remembered for jibes such as Rojana Jungle Raj ka Dar (RJD), Janata ka Daman aur Utpidan (JD-U), Badka Jhuta Party (BJP), brahmapisach, shaitan and chara chor.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 20:47 IST