PATNA: On Wednesd, BJP stoutly defended its advertisement on beef in the last phase of election. In its defence BJP said it has rightly questioned Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s silence on the controversial remarks made by his allies on the issue.
BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi dissented and spoke in support of the ad saying, “There is nothing wrong in our advertisement on beef issue and asking the chief minister to break his silence on controversial remarks made by the RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, his colleague Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Karnataka chief minister S Siddaramaiah.”
“As far as the timing goes, it is our prerogative as to when we should put out any advertisement,” added the BJP leader in defence.
BJP faced criticism after publishing advertisements in vernacular dailies in areas going to polls on Thursday. This incident occured in the last phase of election. Unhappy with EC’s conduct, the leaders said that they will knock the Election Commission’s doors on the issue.
The BJP advertisement had questioned the chief minister’s “silence” on “repeated insult” to cows by grand alliance leaders.The animal which is revered by the countrymen, has taken the limelight and has built a discourse that has angered a part of the ‘janta’. BJP further asked Kumar to come clean on the issue and stop playing votebank politics on cow.
The advertisement also asked the chief minister whether he agreed with the remarks on beef eating by his friends from alliance partners.
Sushil Modi said it was not his party that had raked up the beef issue during polls but RJD chief Lalu Prasad who had controversially said that the Hindus too eat beef.
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had made a controversial statement saying that the consumption of beef was permissible during ancient times. He also added that it is documented in the Veda.
Congress leader and Karnataka chief minister S Siddaramaiah also indulged in the controversy by saying that if he wanted to eat beef no body could stop him.
BJP denied the charge that the advertisement was a tool to garner electoral advantage of communal polarization.