Darbhanga: A senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader stoked up a controversy on Saturday while backing those who refrain from saying ‘Vande Mataram’. (Full coverage of Lok Sabha Polls)

The Mahagathbandhan’s candidate from Darbhanga for the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, reportedly said, “No one has a problem in saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ but there is an issue in speaking ‘Vande Mataram’.

Further, he also responded to the questions raised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a public rally in Bihar’s Araria. He challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to say ‘Godse Murdabad’ while stating that Nathuram Godse, the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi, was the first terrorist of India.

He also claimed that the voters in Bihar are highly aware and will never cast vote on the basis of religion. Attacking PM Modi, he termed him ‘unfit’ for the post of the prime minister of India.

Darbhanga is one of the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar. It comprises of six Vidhan Sabha segments – Gaura Bauram, Benipur, Alinagar, Darbhanga Rural, Darbhanga and Bahadurpur. The seat will go to polls on April 29, in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The counting of votes in the constituency will be conducted on May 23.

In 2014, Darbhanga seat was won by BJP’s Kirti Azad against RJD’s Md Ali Ashraf Fatmi by a margin of 35,043 votes. Earlier in February this year, Azad joined the Congress. He will be contesting the general elections from Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat in Jharkhand.