Patna : In the thick of campaign in Bihar, union minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai has kicked up a row saying kashmiri miltants will take shelter in the state if RJD wins the election.
His comment , made while addressing a rally in Vaishali's Mahanar constituency on Monday, harks back to a similar statement by a prominent BJP leader in 2015: "if Mahagathbandhan wins the election, crackers will be burst in Pakistan".
"The NDA government is eliminating militants from Kashmir but I have great apprehension about militants taking shelters in Bihar once the RJD government gains power. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have given a responsibility to me, and we will not allow it to happen in Bihar," Rai, a senior BJP leader from Bihar, said.
"Our government has scrapped Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu & Kashmir. Our armed forces have strongly retorted against China recently," he said.
"When it comes to fighting other countries, our armed forces under the leadership of PM Modi is capable of doing it. When it comes to the fight within the country, PM Modi and Home Minister Shah get strength from you. I urge you to not let them down and vote for BJP and NDA." he went further.
Reacting on the militants remark, Chitranjan Gagan, the state spokesperson of RJD, said: "The statement given by Nityanand Rai is extremely shameful. What kind of language is he using at a political rally?
"He should apologise to the people of Bihar. He is holding the Minister of State for Home Affairs portfolio and he does not have dignity for the post."
Slamming Rai, and his party, Gagan said: "It reflects his petty mentality. BJP leaders are frustrated, and desperate to retain power in Bihar."
This report from IANS has been edited