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Even a butcher is shy of Modi: Lalu

The RJD chief also took a dig at LJP chief saying Mr. Paswan had "finished" himself politically by joining hands with "communal" BJP

Latching on to Trinamool Congress’ ‘butcher’ jibe at Narendra Modi, RJD president Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said ‘even a butcher is shy’ of the BJP prime ministerial candidate.

“Even a butcher is feeling shy of him (Modi),” Mr. Prasad said in a twitter message.

His remarks come in the backdrop of a no-holds barred war of words between Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

TMC had hit out at Mr. Modi on Sunday calling him the “Butcher of Gujarat”, in an angry retaliation to his attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Addressing an election rally at Mahua in Hajipur constituency, Mr. Prasad accused Mr. Modi of “triggering” 2002 Godhra communal riots.

“I stopped L K Advani and VHP leader Pravin Togadia in Bihar in 1990 and will do so to Narendra Modi too,” he said.

Mr. Prasad, however, came under attack from his rivals with Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav tweeting, Jhoot mat boliye chacha, gai aur bhaisiya ka to tum sirf chara khaiye ho (Don’t tell lies uncle, you have only eaten fodder) in an apparent reference to the fodder scam.

Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi in his tweet on Mr. Prasad said the oil in his lantern (RJD symbol) is coming to an end.

“Paswan finished himself”

Earlier, Mr. Prasad made a blistering attack on friend-turned-foe Ramvilas Paswan, saying the LJP chief had “finished” himself politically by joining hands with “communal” BJP.

“Paswan has finished himself by joining hands with the BJP,” Mr. Prasad told reporters before setting out for an election tour of Hajipur Lok Sabha constituency.

From being in the UPA, LJP returned to NDA in February and announced to contest the Lok Sabha elections with the BJP-led alliance.

“By going with BJP, Mr. Paswan has exposed himself as to what kind of a secularist he is,” Prasad said.

The RJD president today addressed an election rally at Mahua in Hajipur constituency in favour of Congress nominee Sanjeev Prasad Toni who is contesting against Ramvilas Paswan.

Mr. Prasad also took a dig at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, alleging that he “ditched” him in the fight for social justice and claimed that it was he who had shaped the political career of the JD (U) leader.

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