Chirag Paswan, these days dealing with an open backlash from ally BJP to his criticism of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, stated immediately that he felt “hurt” at feedback by BJP leaders however insisted that his purpose remained to ascertain a authorities with the BJP after elections within the state. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief, warned off by the BJP towards utilizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture in his marketing campaign, additionally described himself as “Hanuman” to the PM’s Ram.
“I do not want images of PM Modi. He is in my coronary heart. Much like Hanuman’s devotion for Ram, in case you reduce open my coronary heart you’ll find solely Modi-ji,” Chirag Paswan, 37, declared dramatically.
It was Nitish Kumar who wanted the PM’s images extra, he sneered, since he was “insecure”.
The LJP MP, in mourning after his father and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s loss of life final week, additionally shared that Nitish Kumar had snubbed him and never expressed condolences to him even as soon as.
He stated when Ram Vilas Paswan’s physique was flown from Delhi to Patna, Nitish Kumar was on the airport to pay tribute however didn’t acknowledge him. “I touched his feet and he ignored me. Everyone saw that,” he stated.
“I’m shocked that due to our private emotions, we even overlook primary shishtachar (courtesy).”
Chirag Paswan stated the Chief Minister had “not said a word” to both him or his mom since his father’s loss of life. He remarked that he had hoped it could not be this manner, on condition that Paswan senior and Nitish Kumar have been previous associates.
“Everyone met me and my mother and condoled his death. The Chief Minister has not said one word since papa died. The PM spoke to me on the phone the day he died and came the next day. He kept his hands on my shoulder for a long time…I still remember his reassuring words,” stated Mr Paswan.
After the Patna airport incident, stated the actor-turned-politician, he had met Nitish Kumar two extra instances. “Ïn the assembly he did not even look me in the eyes. And at a tribute meeting later, I went to him with folded hands, I became a little emotional…yet Nitish Kumar was unmoved. He still said nothing,” stated the LJP chief.
Chirag Paswan’s transfer to contest the Bihar polls individually from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and combat Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) has left the BJP caught between two combating allies.
For the Bihar election, the BJP has determined to facet with Nitish Kumar, although it says Chirag Paswan stays an ally on the centre. Yesterday, Mr Paswan stated he had shared his intention to combat Nitish Kumar with BJP leaders together with Amit Shah. He additionally let unfastened a contemporary set of barbs on the Chief Minister, calling him smug and accusing him of insulting his father.
The response got here from the BJP immediately.
“Chirag Paswan has chosen a separate path in Bihar; he is trying to mislead people by taking the names of senior BJP leaders. We don’t have any B or C team. NDA will get three-fourth majority. Chirag’s party will be left as a vote-cutter party,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar stated immediately.
Another BJP chief, Bhupinder Yadav, stated: “Chirag Paswan’s comments on the NDA and Nitish Kumar are extremely unfortunate. He contested the Lok Sabha election as part of this alliance and became an MP. In February he was praising the Bihar government to the skies! What happened in six months? Because of his vested interests, he is indulging in the politics of lies.”
Mr Paswan stated his father would have been upset, had he heard these feedback. “I know Sushil Modi (BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister) is being instigated by the Chief Minister as he is insecure,” he stated.
He identified that this was not the primary time that NDA allies have been combating one another in polls. “The JDU contested against the BJP in Gujarat and Jharkhand,” he stated.
The LJP chief additionally responded to the JDU’s taunt on utilizing Nitish Kumar for his Lok Sabha marketing campaign final 12 months. “The JDU’s leaders opposed us through the marketing campaign. Everywhere we have been betrayed – in Jamui, Hajipur, Vaishali and Nawada. My father used to name the Chief Minister on a regular basis, till we realized Nitish Kumar was telling individuals to defeat LJD.