Who has asked for your support? Nitish asks Uddhav



Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday expressed amazement at Uddhav Thackeray's remarks that Shiv Sena will not support Kumar as NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate for protesting the arrest of an accused by Mumbai police from Bihar and asked who has sought Sena's support and for what.

"Ek adbhut bayan ek neta ka aya hai (an amazing statement has come from a leader)," he said referring to Thackeray's rant against him for expressing disapproval of the manner of arrest of an accused from Bihar by the Mumbai police without informing the local police last week.

"Bina soche samjhe bolne ki paripari ban gayi hai (a trend has been set up for speaking without applying mind)....Kabhi kabhi hansi aati hai( one at times wants to laugh at such things)," he said.

"Kaun samarthan mang raha hai (who is asking for support)," Kumar asked Uddhav, Sena's Executive President, referring to his comments.

"I am not in the fray for NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate," the Chief Minister said and slammed the Shiv Sena leader for saying that his party will not support Kumar for supporting a "traitor".

Nitish also took exception to his Maharashtra counterpart Prithviraj Chavan's reported jibe at him and said that he had not said anything that warranted the latter's reaction through the media.

"What was the need for him (Chavan) to speak and that through the media?" Kumar asked when the newspersons sought his reaction on the Maharashtra Chief Minister's reported comments in which he had accused his Bihar counterpart of indulging in cheap politics over the arrest of a person by the Mumbai police from Bihar.

Kumar said if Chavan had any objection to the letter written by the Bihar DGP to the Mumbai police chief protesting the manner of arrest of the Azad Maidan violence accused Abdul Qadir Ansari from Sitamarhi district, then he should have asked the Mumbai police to give a reply.

"In that case, we would have decided what we should do .... Whether the letter should be written by the chief minister or the DGP," Kumar said.

Chavan had yesterday attacked Kumar by accusing him of indulging in cheap politics over the arrest and said that the visiting police team need not have informed the local police as Bihar was not a foreign place.

PTI