New Delhi: Union minister and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha took a dig at Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and asked him to share the DNA test report. Kushwaha was referring to the remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s in 2015. Also Read - Lalu Yadav Under Observation At AIIMS, Nitish Kumar Wishes Him Speedy Recovery
Talking to reporters on Sunday, he said, “Modi had made the remark in some other context but he (Kumar) had taken it as an insult to him and Bihar and asked his partymen to collect samples of hair and nail to be sent to Delhi for verifying the DNA. We are still eagerly waiting for that DNA report.” Also Read - Many Healthworkers in Delhi & Bihar Unwilling to Take Bharat Biotech's Covaxin Due to Lack of Efficacy Data
In 2015, Kumar had invited Modi to a dinner only to cancel it. Later, at a rally, the prime minister had said, “There seems to be some problem in his (Kumar’s) DNA because the DNA of democracy is not like that. In a democracy, you respect even your political rivals.” Kumar, in an open letter, had then said the DNA remark was deemed as “an insult by a large section of the people of the state and beyond”.
The Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief has been peeved after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally, the Janata Dal (United), decided to contest an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Bihar.
Kushwaha said, “Whether or not you (Kumar) wanted that report, the people of Bihar and the country are eagerly waiting for it.” A week ago, Kushwaha had maintained that the seat-sharing formula for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents in Bihar was yet to be formalised and that an equal number of seats for the BJP and the JD(U) had left scope for a respectable share for his party.
The Union minister had also said that he was firm with the NDA and committed to working for another term for Modi as prime minister.
(With agency inputs)