A row between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally BJP’s star campaigner Yogi Adityanath has reopened cracks in the ruling coalition in the middle of the Bihar election campaign.
Nitish Kumar has publicly told off Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, for his comments on “throwing out infiltrators”.
“Who does all this malicious campaigning? Who says all this faltu baat (nonsense)? Who will throw out people? No one dares do that. Everyone belongs to this country, everyone is Indian,” the Bihar Chief Minister thundered at a public meeting on Wednesday.
“Who talks like this? Our effort is to work for harmony, unity and brotherhood so there can be progress. And these people only want to create divides; they have no other work.”
Nitish Kumar even tweeted the remarks with the comment: “It is our duty and in our culture to take everyone along. Bihar will progress only then.”
He did not name anyone in his speech, but it was widely perceived as a rejoinder to his Uttar Pradesh counterpart, who has been campaigning for the BJP-led coalition in Bihar.
Yogi Adityanath was addressing a rally in Katihar yesterday when he talked about the new law that enables Indian citizenship for non-Muslim minorities from neighbouring Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they fled religious persecution and entered India before 2015.
Report by Chetali Ghosh
Reported on – 05/11/2020