Nitish bashes Modi for a newspaper advertisement

Written by: Devaki
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Patna, Jun 13: Nitish Kumar, the Bihar Chief Minister critisized his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi for an advertisement released by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) showing him holding hands with Modi. Nitish described the ad as the 'unethical and uncultured' manner in which Modi had been advocating his 'model of developments', on Saturday, Jun 12.

Nitish also cancelled a dinner for BJP leaders on Saturday night. The bash from Nitish have put the ties between BJP and JDU under severe strain, just months before the Bihar assembly polls.

The full-page advertisment which appeared on the newspapers on Saturday, portrayed Modi and Nitish holding hands aloft, which was a cutout from an NDA rally photograph taken in Punjab ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha election. Nitish Kumar alleged that the advertisement agency used his photograph without his permission, consent or even knowledge.

"This is considered as 'uncivilised' to 'tom-tom any help given to a person'," said Mr Nitish Kumar. He also added that he would take legal action against this.

The advertising agency in Patna which released the ad said that the final artwork was sent by C R Patil, the MP from Surat. BJP informed that the ad was placed by some individuals. Narendra Modi is likely to address rally in Patna on Sunday, Jun 13.

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