27 January, 2021

Why Switch-Hit When You Can Cut

Many in the JD(U) feel that rather than make it a Modi versus Nitish battle, the BJP should be tackled on its many failures

Why Switch-Hit When You Can Cut

Is Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar making a mistake by hyper-reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s provocative comment about his political DNA? Nitish’s party, the JD(U), has in protest despatched nail and hair clippings of more than one lakh people from Bihar to the prime minister’s office (PMO), daring him to have the samples DNA-tested to corroborate his flippant remark. It plans to daily flood the PMO with Biharis’ samples till Modi recants. But novely apart, was there anything to it? Party insiders do not think so. “There was no point in collecting DNA samples of one lakh people and mailing them to the PMO,” says a party official. “The BJP has enough chinks in its armour for both Nitish and Laloo to target.”

Instead of making it a Narendra Modi vs Nitish Kumar contest, it would have sufficed, for instance, to point out the contradictions in the BJP more aggressively. They say it wasn’t enough to evoke laughter with Laloo Prasad by turning Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan into ‘Raghupati Raghava Raja...



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