Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Political row erupts over Misa’s ‘prison’ comment against Modi

- Anirban Guha Roy anirbanroy@htlive.com

PATNA: Misa Bharti, the daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, on Thursday came under strong criticism from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over her comment that BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be “in jail” if the opposition INDIA bloc is voted to power at the Centre in the Lok Sabha polls.

Leading the charge against Bharti, who is the RJD candidate from Bihar’s Pataliputr­a seat, BJP chief JP Nadda said those facing a probe for corruption and out on bail are “abusing” Modi, who has an unblemishe­d political career.

“They are hurling various kinds of abuses on Modi. In the last 23 years, Modiji served as the Gujarat CM for more than 12 years and as the PM for 10 years. Modiji has worked as the country’s chief administra­tor and there is no blemish on him. Misa Bharti is saying she will send such a person to jail,” Nadda said at a poll rally.

He added that such remarks against the PM reflect the frustratio­n of the opposition leaders.

Bharti, a Rajya Sabha member, was heard making the comment in a video purportedl­y from her poll rally on Sunday.

“We are talking about farmers and the implementa­tion of MSP and the PM sees appeasemen­t in that. He always accuses our family of corruption whenever he addresses rallies in Bihar. If the people of this country give the INDIA alliance a chance (to form the government), then from PM Modi to BJP leaders, all will be behind bars,” she was heard saying in the video.

Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad warned Bharti against making such “irresponsi­ble and shameful” comments, alleging that her family is immersed in corruption.

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