RJD president Lalu Prasad Friday charged Nitish Kumar with remaining cocooned inside his official bungalow within the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, a criticism that prompted a pointy response from Chief Minister’s deputy and BJP chief Sushil Kumar Modi.
The jailed former chief minister, serving sentences in Ranchi in fodder rip-off circumstances, got here out with a few tweets in his native dialect Bhojpuri to take potshots at Mr Kumar.
“Does a Chief Minister lead from the entrance or sleep with a blanket pulled over himself? Within the 4 months because the first lockdown, Nitish has not ventured out of his bungalow even 4 instances,” stated the septuagenarian, whose Twitter account is operated by folks near him.
He alleged that the folks of the state have been left to fend for themselves amid the pandemic whereas the chief minister was busy in “rangai putai” (sharpening) of the “masks of his good governance, characterised by unemployment, hunger, corruption and crime”.
“This sport of disguise and search won’t drive coronavirus away. Who will battle the battle if the commander of the military runs away,” Mr Prasad added, sharing a tweet from his spouse and successor as CM Rabri Devi, who had expressed comparable views on the micro-blogging website, albeit in plain Hindi.
Mr Kumar, who is understood to be techno-savvy, has remained energetic politically and administratively by means of digital mediums like video conferencing.
This has not gone down properly with the get together based and headed by Mr Prasad who used to pose as a luddite in his hey days in a bid to underscore his humble roots which had endeared him to the lots.
In the meantime, Mr Modi, a senior BJP chief who was one of many litigants on whose PIL within the 1990s the Patna Excessive Courtroom had ordered a CBI probe into the fodder rip-off circumstances, hit again.
“At a time when the lockdown has been re-imposed due to coronavirus spike and persons are being suggested to do business from home, Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi are asking Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to go among the many folks, throwing bodily distancing to the winds,” Mr Modi, one of the crucial prolific social media customers amongst politicians in Bihar, tweeted.
The Deputy CM additionally puzzled why the couple didn’t give comparable recommendation to their youthful son and heir-apparent Tejashwi Yadav, who had remained away from the state for a very long time after the nationwide lockdown was first clamped.
“Is the RJD wishing the chief minister to change into contaminated with the coronavirus? A celebration recognized for its perception in black magic can go to any extent, pushed by political envy”, remarked Mr Modi.
He was alluding to Shankar Charan Tripathi, a self-styled occultist whom Mr Prasad had appointed as a spokesman of his get together just a few years in the past, however sacked inside months.
Sushil Modi additionally referred to the drubbing obtained within the Lok Sabha polls final 12 months by the RJD, which didn’t win a single seat within the state the place the whole quantity was 40, and the torpor exhibited by Tejashwi Yadav later who didn’t attend the meeting session quickly afterwards, which continued for over a month, regardless of being the chief of the opposition.
“Why did Lalu-Rabri not tweet at the moment, babua, Janata ke beech rah ke chaheen (son, one should stay among the many folks)”, remarked the BJP chief as a parting notice, attempting his palms on the colourful dialect.
As election for Bihar is approaching, wordy duel between rivals are intensifying.
Lalu Prasad, regardless of being in jail, retains taking potshots at Mr Kumar and the BJP to make his presence felt and enhance RJD’s prospects.