Rabri Devi shocks again with her intemperate choice of words

The senior RJD leader made a public statement about Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.

Published: 29th November 2016 06:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th November 2016 06:26 PM   |  A+A-

Janata Parivar-PTI

Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar RJD chief Lalu Prasad C and Rabri Devi exchange greetings after Mahagathbandhan's Grand Alliance victory in Bihar assembly elections in Patna on Sunday. | PTI

Express News Service

PATNA: Former Bihar Chief Minister and senior RJD leader walked into a massive controversy on Tuesday by making a public statement about Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi that was widely seen to be intemperate and in bad taste.

In reply to a question from a television news channel journalist about Modi’s recent “invitation” to Kumar to join NDA, an unusually fast-talking Rabri Devi said: “Nitish Kumar ko aakar le jaayen Modijee. Le jaake apni behen se shadi kara dein,” (Let Sushil Kumar Modi come and take away Nitish Kumar and get him married with his sister).

The statement, aired repeatedly by TV news channels, drew instant condemnation from leaders cutting across political parties and various sections of society.

RJD leaders, when asked about it, were left speechless. Rabri Devi, who is the wife of RJD chief and former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav, is an MLC. She is also the mother of two current ministers in the Bihar government – deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav and health minister Tej Pratap Yadav.

Devi, however, later described her controversial statement as one she made in a “lighter vein” (majekiya lehze me), but it was after her original words had lent themselves to criticism by several leaders and a counter allegation levelled by Sushil Kumar Modi.

“Rabri Devi has simply cast aspersions on Nitish Kumar by this statement. Now it is up to Nitish Kumar to respond to such words of his ally,” said Modi. “Rabri Devi is infamous for making such irresponsible comments. Earlier, when JD(U) and BJP were running an alliance government in Bihar and RJD was in Opposition, she had spoken in very bad taste about Nitish Kumar and JD(U) leader Lalan Singh,” he added. 

That previous comment by Rabri Devi had prompted Lalan Singh to file a defamation case against Devi. “But he (Lalan Singh) withdrew that case after he became a minister (in the government in alliance with RJD and Congress),” said Modi.

“Political leaders should be careful in their choice of words,” said Shyam Rajak, senior JD(U) leader. He was apparently being careful in his comment as RJD is JD(U)’s ruling ally and the biggest among the three parties in the grand alliance in Bihar.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp