Patna, Nov 21: Bihar Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief and MP Nityanand Rai has taken back his statement threatening those who criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reacting to the furore over his remark on Tuesday, Rai said, “Maine muhaware ke roop mein kaha tha. Main khed vyakt karta hun aur apne bayaan ko wapas leta hoon (I said it like a proverb. I regret my statement and take back the remark).”

Rai had courted controversy by telling his supporters to chop off or break fingers and hands raised against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing the members of the Vaishya and Kanu (OBC) communities at a function, Rai said that Modi came from a poor family and had risen through ranks to become the Prime Minister.

“When Narendra Modi’s mother would serve food to him, neither she would see her son in that plate nor the son would see the mother. From such circumstances, he has grown to be PM — the son of a poor, each individual should be honoured by this. Unki or uthne waali ungali ko, uthne waale haath ko…hum sub milke…ya to tod dein, zaroorat pari to kaat dein. (Any finger or hand raised against the PM, we should get together to either break it, if need be, chop it off),” Rai said.

Rai had become Bihar BJP chief in December last year as the BJP wanted to bolster its OBC base in the state. Rai had won the Lok Sabha polls from  Ujiyarpur in 2014 polls.