Patna, Nov 21: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Bihar unit chief, Nityanand Rai told his supporters to chop off or break fingers and hands raised against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was addressing members of the Vaishya and Kanu (OBC) communities in a function when he made the controversial comment.

Rai said that Modi came from a poor family and had risen through ranks to become the Prime Minister of the country, and each individual should be honoured by this.

“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,” Indian Express quoted him as saying.

“..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 broken or, if need be, chop it off,” he added.

Rai later clarified that he only used the expression as proverbs to say that the party would fight those who raise against country’s pride and security. He said his comment was not against any individual or opposition parties.

Nityanand Rai is a strong Yadav leader from Vaishali. He had become Bihar BJP chief in December last year as the Bharatiya Janata Party wanted to bolster its OBC base in the state. Rai had won the Lok Sabha polls from  Ujiyarpur in 2014 polls.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi was also present in the meeting. He said the RJD didn’t give any ticket to people of the Kanu community.

The people of Bihar had rejected the BJP in 2015 assembly elections. However, the party formed the government with JD(U) this year after the latter broke its alliance with RJD.