Patna: Bihar’s BJP chief Nityanand Rai speaking at a function on monday stoked fresh controversy when he said that any hand or finger raised against Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be chopped off.
“Your own son rose out of poverty to become the Prime Minister, (and) regardless of differences, everyone in the country should value it. If any hand or finger is raised against him (Modi), we should come together and break it and if need be even chop it off.” he said.
Rai, an MP from Ujiarpur, was addressing a meeting organised by the Vanshi Chacha Samajik Vikas Parishad in Patna . Leaders from Bihar, including deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav, Mangal Pandey and Suresh Sharma were also present at the meeting.
Your own son rose out of poverty to become PM, regardless of differences everyone in the country should value it. If any hand or finger is raised against him (Modi), we should come together & break it & if need be even chop it off: Nityanand Rai, MP & Bihar BJP Chief (20.11.2017) pic.twitter.com/ILoXEEzMg0
— ANI (@ANI) November 21, 2017
Rai defended his statement, saying he didn’t mean break hands literally, but as a metaphor,”I used the expression of breaking fingers and chopping hands as proverbs to convey that we would strongly deal with those who rise against the country’s pride and security,” he was quoted as saying.
Maine muhaware ke roop mein kaha tha. Main khed vyakt karta hun aur apne bayaan ko wapas leta hoon: Nityanand Rai, MP & Bihar BJP Chief on his statement that if any hand or finger is raised against PM Modi, we should break it. pic.twitter.com/LjK55L3hKc
— ANI (@ANI) November 21, 2017
Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s journey from his humble past to the post of PM, the Bihar BJP president said: “Jinki ma khana parasti thi, Narendra Modiji ko khana khilane baithti thi, us thaali me ma ko na beta aur bete ko na ma dikhai deti thi. Aaj us paristhiti se uthkar wo desh ke PM bane hain — garib ka beta, uska swabhiman hona chahiye, ek ek vyakti ko iski izzat honi chahiye… (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.)”
In August this year, Rai had said that the “sound of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ should replace azaan from mosques and church bells”. However, he later made a U-turn and asserted he did not say so. “I said that sound of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Matram’ should come from mosques and churches, but didn’t mean in place of azaan and bell,” he said.
He had also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a reincarnation of Swami Vivekananda. Rai is Yadav community leader from Vaishali, he took over as Bihar BJP chief in December 2016 as part of the BJP’s attempt to strengthen its base in the Yadav constituency. An MLA from Hajipur, Rai was given a Lok Sabha ticket from Ujiyarpur in 2014 polls. He is one of the top state BJP leaders along with Sushil Modi and ministers Nand Kishore Yadav and Prem Kumar.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav condemned Nityanand Rai’s remarks and said they are in bad taste. “Kaise kaise gande log rajniti mein ghuse huye hain, bahut gandi baat hai, swabhimaan ki baat karte hain, swabhimaan hai inn logon ke pass,” Lalu said.
With PTI inputs