Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad today challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prove that he had made the 'shaitan' (devil) on his tongue comment or else seek apology from the people of Bihar for insulting them through this barb on him.
"I challenge Modi to show me my 'shaitan' (devil) comment or else publicly apologise from the people of Bihar for insulting them by this barb on me," Prasad tweeted.
During his election meetings at Munger and Begusarai in Bihar today, Modi played up Prasad's reported comment of 'shaitan' (devil) entering his tongue which made him make the beef comment.
Launching a strong counter-attack on Modi, the RJD chief tweeted, "Modi should not add insult to Bihar through figment of his 'shaitan'. I challenge Modi and a few of his sycophant mediapersons to show me my statement on it (shaitan)."
The RJD chief's "Hindus too eat beef" comment in the wake of killing of a Muslim man in a Greater Noida village over rumour of cow slaughter has drawn huge condemnation for him.
A Muzaffarpur court has directed police to register an FIR against Prasad for his remark.
Seeking to link the issue with the pride of backwards and dalits, Prasad said in his message on the micro-blogging site that "Modi called all dalits and backwards a 'shaitan' (devil) ...You are trying to hide behind 'shaitan' out of frustration with backwards and dalits rallying behind us."
Attacking Modi, the RJD chief said that "deprived society is watching why a PM known for hyperbole is silent over issues like price rise, employment, black money. Show courage to condemn RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat comment on reservation."