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Vajpayee puts lid on 'Bihari' controversy

April 10, 2004 23:06 IST

Seeking to put an end to the controversy surrounding his remarks of not being a 'Bihari', Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday said not only he himself but all his siblings were 'Bihari' by birth.

"I have come to know that my remarks have kicked off a major controversy. I am a Bihari by birth. I was named Bihari by my father the day I was born," Vajpayee said in his characteristic style while addressing an election meeting in Patna.

"I was named so because my elder brothers were Prem Bihari, Sada Bihari and Awadh Bihari. After having so many children, he felt it was enough and decided to name me Atal Bihari," Vajpayee said amid thunderous applause.

The prime minister's earlier remarks that he was 'Atal' but not 'Bihari' had raised many eyebrows in the state with the ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Laloo Yadav attempting to draw political mileage out of it.

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Sub: The PM has done again..!

The PM has again put his foot in the mouth and like always, by virtue of being rhetorical...! For how long can we allow such ...

Posted by Debabrata Sinha

Sub: Be indian act like a indian

We should be proud to be an indian but not bihari/punjabi/bangali/odia/tamil/kanadi/Gujrathi/rajasthani/marathi.No indian is debarred to be a prime minester of india

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Sub: Atal not Bihari

In Atal Bihari we have the most double speaking prime minister India ever had.Hats of to the BJP diehard who take pride in in his ...

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