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Amit Shah calls Nitish Kumar ‘Paltu Babu’, says ‘he is just befooling Lalu…’

Hitting out aloud at Nitish Kumar, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on 29 June referred to the Bihar Chief Minister as ‘Paltu babu’.

Addressing a gathering in Bihar’s Lakhisarai, where Shah is on a one-day visit, said, “Paltu babu Nitish Kumar was asking what was done (by the Centre) in nine years. At least have some regard for those with whom you sat and due to whom you became the Chief Minister. A lot of work was done by PM Modi across the country in these nine years.”

“These nine years have been years of India’s glory. Wherever PM Modi goes, be it the US or England or France or Egypt – you hear chants of ‘Modi, Modi’. He went to the US recently, some Head of State sought his appointment, some others – his autograph, while some others touched his feet for blessings. This respect for PM Modi across the world is not only his or BJP’s but that of crores of Indians…”

He added, “…Can a leader who changes house again & again be trusted? Should the reins of Bihar be given in the hands of such a man? He too knows it. That is why, he is sitting in front of Congress’ house to be the PM of the country. He doesn’t want to be the PM, he is just befooling Lalu Yadav at this age. He wants to stay here in Bihar & has gathered all rivals of the BJP…These 20 parties are the ones who indulged in corruption & scams of 20 lakh crores from 2004-2014…”

Earlier in the day, while responding to Amit Shah’s visit, Nitish Kumar had said that everybody is free to visit the state.

“Everyone is free to come here. Everyone has the right to visit Bihar,” NDTV quoted Kumar as saying.

On being asked on the Opposition parties’ meeting, that he had hosted few days ago, Kumar said, “The meeting is over … We will speak later on this”.

With agency inputs.

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Updated: 29 Jun 2023, 04:43 PM IST

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