Munger, Oct 8 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi waded into the beef row on Thursday by attacking Lalu Prasad Yadav over the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader’s reported remark that ‘Hindus also eat beef’.
Campaigning for his Bharatiya Janata Party here, Modi, who has been silent on the Dadri lynching issue, said a “shaitan (devil) has entered a human body” and Lalu has insulted not only his own Yaduvanshi community, which had brought him to power, but also the entire people of Bihar.
Modi has not uttered a word on last week’s lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, allegedly for having eaten beef. Cow slaughter is banned in the state.
”What all did he eat? It (the remarks) insulted the Yaduvanshis... Laluji these Yaduvanshis helped you to come to power. What all Yadavs eat...is it not an insult of Yadavs and Bihar?” Modi said. However, Modi himself did not utter the word 'beef' in his speech.
Earlier, the alliance ranged against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance for the Assembly elections had flayed Modi for having insulted the people of Bihar by making comments about the DNA of his foe, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Janata Dal (United) boss.
On Thursday, Modi repeatedly sought to project Lalu’s beef remark as an insult not only to the Yadavs, whose primary occupation has been rearing cows, but to the entire state.
He said Lalu could not absolve himself of his beef remarks by claiming that it was the “devil” (shaitan) on his tongue which made him say it.
Modi said: “I want to know how the shaitan got the address (of Lalu)...he recognises that it was the shaitan in a similar manner as people recognise their relatives.”
The Prime Minister asked the gathering “do we have place for such people in Bihar?”
An intact Muslim-Yadav combination could lead to problems for the NDA, unless, as the BJP thinks, the Yadav vote is split because of the presence in its camp of two Yadav leaders --Ram Kripal and Nand Kishore.