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Bihar, Jharkhand are brothers, need not make comments about each other: Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar’s alliance partner BJP, though, had called Mr. Soren’s comment as “highly objectionable and aimed at dividing society”. FILE.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said both Jharkhand and Bihar belong to the same family.

Mr. Kumar was reacting to his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren who recently courted controversy saying the two regional languages spoken largely in Bihar — Bhojpuri and Magahi — “are borrowed languages and speakers of these languages are dominating persons”.

Mr. Kumar’s alliance partner BJP, though, had called Mr. Soren’s comment as “highly objectionable and aimed at dividing society”.

“These things should never be thought of. Bihar and Jharkhand are brothers, they belong to the same family. I don’t know why people say something like this. People of both States need not make comments about each other. Though Jharkhand was separated from us, we only have love for them,” Mr. Kumar told media persons after his weekly Janata ke durbar mein mukhyamantri (Chief Minister in people’s court) programme got over.

Last week, Mr. Soren also told a private news channel that the “tribal society had fought for a separate State of Jharkhand because of its regional and tribal languages and not because of Bhojpuri or Magahi”. Later, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and party spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said his party “stands by what the Chief Minister has said”.

Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in November 2000 and Mr. Soren’s JMM had played a key role in the movement for a separate State.


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