With the Lok Sabha elections having begun, including in Bihar which will go to polls in all seven phases, in an exclusive interview to Republic TV, Bihar's deputy CM, Sushil Modi talked about a range of issues that are taking place this election season.
Speaking about his recent decision to file a defamation suit against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sushil Modi reiterated that he has filed a suit because Rahul Gandhi has hurt the sentiments of the entire community. He specified that 'when the Congress chief will be ordered to appear in the Patna High Court in person, only then will he be compelled to stop speaking ill against the entire community'.
The Congress president on 13 April, while taking a jibe at Prime Minister Modi, had said: “I have a question. Why do all thieves ('chor') have Modi in their names — whether it is Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out.”
Republic TV has also accessed his defamation notice:
Commenting on the recent polarising remark by the Congress' leader Navjot Singh Sidhu in Bihar's Katihar district, he said:
The Election Commission should take action against him and ban him from campaigning in elections as he tried to divide Hindu-Muslims and the Congress party is scared that in Seemanchal belt JD(U) might get Muslim votes because of Nitish Kumar's popularity among Muslims.
However the leader refused to comment on Yogi Adityanath's 'Ali-Bajrangbali' comment.
When asked about the ex-BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha shifting sides and contesting from Patna Sahib constituency from a Congress ticket, he claimed that the NDA was reluctant to give him a ticket last time around but Rajnath Singh had come to his aid then. He added: "Everyone knows that his performance as an MP was pathetic and he was sulking because he was not made a minister, he should have gracefully retired."
Responding to the comment by RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav on calling him "Srijan chor" referring to the Srijan scam during NDA CM Nitish Kumar's reign, he said:
"Tejashwi is a child. His entire foundation is based on corruption. At such a young age he is owner of several properties in different parts of the country and he has been chargesheeted at the age of 29. How can he call me chor? Everybody knows my integrity."
The Srijan scam refers to the alleged transfer of government funds in accounts of the Srijan Mahila Sahyog Samiti NGO.
On being asked about whether he had national aspirations Sushil Modi said that his state is a part of the country and he is serving the nation by working as an MP in Bihar.