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Tejashwi, Kushwaha accuse Nitish of using foul language

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

and Rashtriya Lok Party on Monday came up with a fresh allegation of use of foul language by

After a meeting of Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) leaders at Yadavs residence, the two leaders alleged that Mukesh Sahni, who floated his political outfit VIP two months ago and joined the last month, was called sadak chhap (roadside) by the

The meeting was attended, among others, by AICC in-charge for Shaktisinh Gohil, Madan Mohan Jha, former Chief and Jitan Ram Manjhi and of the founded by besides these two leaders.

The former Deputy CM and the ex-Union minister told reporters that Kumar had made the remark at his programme earlier in the day.

The chief minister, who also heads the JD(U) and is an alliance partner of the BJP, had mocked at the saying it was picking up people from the roadside (sadak par se logon ko utha ke shaamil kar lete hain).

Kushwaha and Yadav alleged that the remark was aimed at Sahni, a Bollywood set designer-turned-politician and was tantamount to insulting Nishad community.

Kumar had first called me neech (lowly). Now he is calling our alliance partner 'sadak chhap'. He must apologize. We strongly protest," said Kushwaha as Yadav nodded in approval.

The RLSP chief was referring to a controversy that had erupted while he was in the NDA fold and Kumar, while being asked by a about the problems being faced in reaching a seat-sharing arrangement with Kushwaha, had remarked bahas ka star neeche mat giraiye (do not lower the level of discourse).

Kushwaha had alleged that this was tantamount to him being called lowly even as his party took out demonstrations in protest against the alleged "insult" of their at the hands of the

Speaking on the occasion, Yadav who is the of the opposition in the state assembly said, "by insulting our alliance partner, the has berated all of us. If he thinks we are roadside, he should remember that once he won power with our support".

Yadav was referring to the 2015 Assembly polls, which Kumar had fought in alliance with the and the

Asked about the agenda of the meeting that took place at his residence, the heir apparent said the only agenda was how to win 40 of 40 seats. All grand alliance partners had a feast of rice and fish hosted by earlier in the day".

Kushwaha said there are no hiccups in arriving at a seat-sharing formula. But we have made it clear before that finalization will take place only after the inauspicious month of Kharmas ends on January 14".

Asked about absence of Left Front with which the grand alliance is planning to reach an electoral understanding, Yadav quipped this is not the last meeting. After Nitish Kumar turned his back on us, only RJD and were left behind. Then came Jitan Ram Manjhi, followed by others like Sharad Yadav, Kushwaha and Mukesh Sahni".

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 22:35 IST