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JD (U) reacts with indignation on Kushwaha's remarks on Nitish

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Ruling JD(U) on Monday said it attached no importance to "prejudiced and provocative" remarks by Kushwaha against Kumar.

The war of words between JD(U) and the RLSP, the two constituents of the NDA, indicates that the notes of discord continued to emanate from within the coalition.

The (RLSP), which is headed by Kushwaha, hit back saying the JD(U) was jittery over Kumar's declining popularity and the growing appeal of Kushwaha, especially among the backwards and the Dalits.

We do not wish to comment on a remark that is prejudiced and provocative. It is well-known that Kumar has always maintained high standards of public discourse, (United) state told reporters.

He was reacting to remarks made by Kushwaha on Sunday wherein Kumar was accused of having called the neech (lowly).

At a function organized here on Saturday, the minister had said in response to queries about his uneasy relations-- in the context of the issue of sharing of seats among NDA constituents having become a thorny one please do not lower the level of discourse so much (bahas ka star itna neeche mat giraiye).

Taking affront to the remark, Kushwaha had said in district on Sunday, I have always called Kumar my elder brother but he calls me neech.

The RLSP also taunted his former mentor for having expressed outrage, three years ago, over Narendra Modi's remark that Kumar's political vacillations indicated something is wrong with his DNA.

Kushwaha's remarks were also disapproved by senior and who said the RLSP chief must give a the respect that is his due. He is himself a Union minister and should avoid indulging in a slanging match.

Maintaining that Kumar's remark was meant to belittle Kushwaha, RLSP said in a statement our has always treated Kumar with great respect but the same has never been reciprocated.

If he holds such poor opinions about Kushwaha, why did he make the latter the of the opposition in assembly and sent him to Rajya Sabha later on. Consistency has never been Nitish Kumar's virtue but this time he has hurt the party and shocked the people of as well, Anand said.

Kumar is worried about his own falling popularity and jittery over Kushwaha's efforts like the 'Halla Bol Darwaza Khol' campaign which has taken the important issue of reservations in the judiciary to the masses, thereby earning him the goodwill of Dalits and OBCs, Anand claimed.

Kuswaha, a fell out with the JD(U) national later and launched his own party RLSP on the eve of 2014 and became a member of the

Kushwaha, whose party won all three seats it had contested in in last Parliamentary polls, was made Union for Human Resource and Development (HRD).

The RLSP chief has been feeling uneasy within NDA after return of Kumar to the coalition in July last year.

The simmering hostility between the two escalated after in the company of Kumar announced in the national capital recently that the two parties would fight equal number of seats in Bihar in 2019 election which was taken in the political circle as an indication of Kushwaha's marginalisation in the coalition.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 16:40 IST