Patna, July 26: As the poll fever is picking up in Bihar, politicians once again seem to making scathing and derogatory remarks against their rivals.
A day after Narendra Modi reached out to Bihar's Yadav voters introducing himself as a native of the land of Lord Krishna, Lalu Prasad hit out at the Prime Minister, calling him "Kaliya Naag", a mythical serpent the Hindu God had slain, and asserted "we will crush him".
"Krishna had slain Kaliya Nag. It has been reborn as Narendra Modi and is biting entire Bihar. We Yaduvanshis (people belonging to the Yadav clan) will crush him again and uproot his party from the state," Prasad told reporters as he began a day-long fast for the release of caste census figures, accusing the Centre of suppressing it.
Modi, at a BJP rally in Muzaffarpur yesterday, sought to reach out to the Yadavas, Lalu's mainstay, by addressing them as "Yadu Bhai" and introduced himself as a native of Lord Krishna's land.
Lalu, known for his penchant for the dramatic, arrived at the fast venue at Gandhi Maidan on a tonga, horse drawn carriages that are being used by his party for campaigning for the Assembly polls.
Demanding immediate release of the caste census figures, Lalu said the data would reveal the real numbers of Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes, which he claimed had increased three times over the years.
(With inputs from agencies)