Bihar: BJP President Amit Shah made a controversial comment while addressing a poll rally in Raxaul in the ongoing Bihar State Assembly elections and said that if “by mistake BJP loses in Bihar… fire crackers will burst in Pakistan”. He asked the people of Bihar to “Vote for a nationalist government which will eliminate terror from the State”.
Congress, the principal Opposition party termed the remarks of Amit Shah as ‘polarisation’. Just what is Shah implying, they asked.
Congress leader Bjijesh Kalappa criticized Shah over his intriguing remark and said, “Shah is communalising the atmosphere in Bihar.”
Responding to Shah’s fire crackers comment, Congress leader RPN Singh said, “Shah’s remark is unfortunate. It’s a clear attempt to communalise Bihar; BJP is power hungry”.
JD(U) spokesperson Ghanshyam Tewari also denounced BJP President Amit Shah and said he must apologise for his remarks. Amit Shah’s remark comes against the backdrop of rising communal intolerance.
However, BJP National Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh defended the BJP President and said, “Amit Shah’s remark was against terror apologists”. He said that the UPA government had been soft on terror. “Even Congress’s Digvijaya Singh had addressed Osama as ‘Osama ji’. We are not nervous or desperate in the final phases of Bihar polls”, Siddharth Nath Singh said.