Patna: An FIR has been lodged against Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai for violating the model code of conduct by allegedly making provocative speech during campaigning for Araria Lok Sabha bypolls, an official said today.
Narpatganj Assembly constituency’s nodal officer-cum- Circle Officer Nishant Kumar yesterday lodged the FIR.
“I have asked Narpatganj Assembly constituency’s nodal officer-cum-Circle Officer to lodge an FIR against Bihar BJP Nityanand Rai chief Nityanand Rai for violating model code of conduct,” Araria District Magistrate Himanshu Sharma told PTI.
While campaigning for his party’s candidate at a public meeting at Narpatganj on March 9, Rai, a Lok Sabha MP from Ujiarpur, stirred up a controversy saying minority-dominated Araria constituency will convert into a hub of the ISI, if the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate won the Lok Sabha bypolls, scheduled on Sunday.
“If Sarfaraz (Alam, the RJD candidate) wins this election, Araria will become a hub of ISI. But, if our candidate Pradip (Singh) wins, this place will become a hub of patriots and nationalists,” Rai had said.
He further targeted the RJD leaders saying “those who are seeking votes of Yaduvanshis (Yadavs), have they even once talked of Gau Mata”. “They have sided with cow killers and have no right to ask votes from Yaduvanshis,” he said.
Alam is son of RJD MP Taslimuddin, whose death last year has necessitated the bypoll. Alam resigned as the JD(U) MLA from Jokihat on February 10 and joined the RJD to contest the parliamentary seat. Sources said the minority community members comprised over 40% of the Araria constituency.
The remark has not gone down well with the RJD, the single largest party in Bihar assembly which sits in the Opposition, and it has slammed the BJP for “indulging in communal politics to polarise votes.”