Nitish Kumar Will Send Modi 50,000 Bihari DNA Samples

10/08/2015 4:08 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar during the joint conference of the Chief Ministers and the Chief Justices of High Courts at Vigyan Bhawan, on April 5, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Talking about judicial system, Modi said that what the people in judicial system do is divine and God has sent them to carry out this divine responsibility. We are going on increasing our power. But We also need to remember to become perfect even as we get more powerful. He urged the need for judges to evolve an in-built mechanism of self-correction to prevent rot from within. He further said that the common men's expectation from the judiciary is huge.(Photo by Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Escalating his attack on Narendra Modi over his DNA remark, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is launching the "शब्दवापसी /TakeBackYourWords" campaign, which will involve 50,000 people from Bihar sending their DNA samples to the prime minister in September.

"Modi's DNA remark is an insult to Bihar and the people of Bihar. This issue will be decided in the people's court," Kumar said on Monday.

Modi is leading the Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for the upcoming elections in Bihar. During BJP's maiden rally in Muzaffarpur, last month, Modi made jibes about Kumar's "DNA," while criticising the Janata Dal (United) leader of having an arrogant attitude towards other politicians.

Last week, Kumar shot off a letter to Modi in which he asked the prime minister to take back his "DNA" remark.

"Your words have been taken as an insult by a large section of the people of the state and beyond," Kumar said in the letter."Most of us also feel that coming from you, the comment is rather unbecoming of the office you hold."

In a counter letter, the Bharatiya Janata Party said, "We want to humbly state, Bihar is not Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar is not Bihar."

In his campaign speech, Modi recalled how Kumar cancelled a dinner with BJP leaders after the party published ads which showed them holding hands in 2010, and then he talked about former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's explusion from the JD(U) in February.

"I didn't say anything but I was very hurt. But when Jitan Ram Manjhi was persecuted, then I became restless. He snatched the plate from the son of a poor tea seller. But when he took away everything from a mahadalit, then I thought something is wrong with his DNA," he said.

HuffPost India reported earlier that raising the "DNA" issue would be Kumar's next strategy to hit back at Modi in the election campaign.

Last week, the chief minister also hosted a Twitter chat to draw attention to his letter to the prime minister.

Kumar has also lashed at Modi for describing Bihar as a "BIMARU" (sick) state during his second campaign speech at Gaya on Sunday. BIMARU was a term coined to refer to the underdevelopment in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

"Modi's stubbornness to retract his DNA remark and then describe Bihar as sick and its people unlucky is inappropriate," he said. "I believe the people of Bihar will answer those who insult Bihar."

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