Patna: Union minister, Nityanand Rai, said in an election rally that Bihar would become a safe haven for terrorists from Kashmir if the opposition RJD-led coalition won in the next election.
The Congress attacked claiming that BJP has the habit of always dragging Pakistan and Kashmir whenever it faces a challenge in Bihar polls.
The RJD said that it is a plot of BJP to divert mass attention from the “misrule” of NDA.
“Terrorists from Kashmir might start looking at Bihar as a safe haven (in the event of an opposition victory). But we must not let that happen”, said a former president of the BJP’s state unit, Mr. Rai.
AICC media panelist and Bihar MLC, Prem Chandra Mishra, hit at Mr Rai.
“In 2015, Amit Shah had said during Assembly elections that crackers will be burst in Pakistan if the Grand Alliance won. Now his junior minister Nityanand Rai has come out with an equally bizarre statement”, he said.
“It is not a coincidence that whenever the BJP is faced with an insurmountable challenge in a Bihar election, it drags Pakistan and Kashmir into the electoral discourse. But the voters of Bihar are mature. They can see through the game”, Mr. Mishra said.
CM Nitish Kumar, in the Grand Alliance five years ago but now in the NDA, defended Rai.
“The Union minister has not said anything objectionable or out of context. Bihar has been rocked by terror strikes like the Gandhi Maidan blasts. A terrorist like Yasin Bhatkal was caught on its soil. The Darbhanga module was well known to security agencies”.
“If law and order deteriorates in the state, as was the case when the RJD was in power, the possibility of what Rai has spoken about cannot be ruled out”, said JD(U) leader Ajay Alok.
Meanwhile, Mr Rai remained unaffected by the controversy and continued with his speech, maintaining his cheerful gestures.