Battle For Bihar: As BJP hits out, Chirag Paswan says ‘Modi-ji in my heart’

LJP leader Chirag Paswan, who has been facing flak from ally BJP after he criticized Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, said today that the comments of some BJP leaders have “hurt” him. However, he insisted that his goal continues to be the establishment of a government with the BJP after the Bihar elections.

Despite being warned by the BJP against using PM Modi’s image in his campaign, Chirag has said that his devotion towards the Prime Minister is similar to that of “Hanuman” for lord Ram.

“I don’t need photos of PM Modi. He is in my heart. Much like Hanuman’s devotion for Ram, if you cut open my heart you will find only Modi-ji,” Chirag Paswan said.

He also added that it was Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who needed PM Modi’s photos more, and called him “insecure”.

Chirag, who is mourning the death of his father and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, also said that Nitish Kumar had snubbed him and has not expressed condolences to him even once.

The LJP leader added that when his father’s body was flown from Delhi to Patna, Nitish was present at the airport to pay tribute but did not acknowledge Chirag. “I touched his feet and he ignored me. Everyone saw that,” he said.

“I am shocked that because of our personal feelings, we even forget basic shishtachar (courtesy),” Chirag added.

Chirag Paswan said the Chief Minister had “not said a word” to either him or his mother since his father’s death. He remarked that he had hoped it would not be this way, given that Paswan senior and Nitish Kumar were old associates.

Commenting on Chirag Paswan’s use of top BJP names, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Chirag Paswan has chosen a separate path in Bihar; he is trying to mislead people by taking the names of senior BJP leaders. We don’t have any B or C team. NDA will get a three-fourth majority. Chirag’s party will be left as a vote-cutter party.”

However, Chirag said his father, Ram Vilas Paswan would have been upset, had he heard these comments. “I know Sushil Modi (Bihar Deputy Chief Minister) is being instigated by the Chief Minister as he is insecure,” he said.

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