PATNA: Political rivalry in Bihar has touched an all-time low with the ruling and opposition parties threatening each other in public and look headed for virtual fights to settle political scores.
The overall situation has turned bitterer after former health minister Tej Pratap Yadav threatened to beat up Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi by entering into his home. Tej Pratap is elder son of RJD president Lalu Prasad.
Tej Pratap who is considered an ardent follower of Lord Krishna and loves to sport big sandal marks on his forehead issued this open threat at a public meeting in Aurangabad in the weekend although the video of his speech surfaced only on Wednesday.
He is said to be very angry at the way Modi, a senior BJP leader, has gone on “exposing” alleged benami properties of Lalu family which not only led to untimely end of RJD from the government but also registration of fresh cases against his family members.
“Modi has invited me to attend wedding of his son as he wants to insult me further. I am not a bit scared of him. Now I will enter into his home and give him a sound beating right in the presence of guests. I will also set the wedding mandap on fire and hold a rally right there,” Tej Pratap threatened.
He also threatened to expose Modi’s alleged involvement in various scams in the presence of guests and disturb the wedding ceremony.
Although Modi reacted in a very balanced way saying this was not expected from Tej Pratap who was a cabinet minister in the previous government, his ally, the JD-U led by chief minister Nitish Kumar dared Prasad’s son to go ahead with his plan.
“We are not wearing bangles in our hands… We don’t have water in our body. We challenge him to continue with his plan and feel the impact,” threatened two JD-U spokespersons Neeraj Kumar and Sanjay Singh on Thursday.
This is just the latest in the continuing series of verbal spats in Bihar post Nitish Kumar bringing down the ruling Grand Alliance government in the state and forming his government with the support of the BJP against whom he had won the last assembly elections.
Kumar with support from the RJD and the Congress had defeated the BJP in the election but in a bizarre move joined hands with his arch-rival Narendra Modi in July this year.
The fresh threats come barely hours after Tej Pratap’s mother Rabri Devi announced many in Bihar are ready to “chop off the head and hands of Prime Minister Nrendra Modi”.
“Some leaders in BJP are saying that those who raise fingers at PM Modi, their fingers will be broken and hands will be chopped. I challenge them to chop the fingers and hands of the people of Bihar. Will people of Bihar remain silent? There are many people standing to chop their hands. There are many here who will slit Narendra Modi’s neck and chop his hands,” was how she threatened at a meeting of her party on Tuesday.
She was, as such, reacting to an open threat by Bihar BJP president’s Nityanand Rai to chop off hands of those criticising the PM. Rai though withdrew his statement later un protests from various quarters.
Likewise, the JD-U has termed the RJD president as “Ghotata Ram” (a man neck-deep in corruption) and vowed to offer his “political pinddan”.
The RJD chief has reacted by terming Nitish Kumar as “Paltu Ram” (political turncoat) and also described his three spokespersons as “Alsatian dogs”.
If that was not enough, his son and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav has termed JD-U chief Kumar as “Cheat Minister, not Chief Minister”.