A Bihar minister has kicked up a controversy by asking a crowd gathered at a programme to protest the Centre’s demonetisation move and to hit the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with shoes.
With the video being telecast on a local TV channel on Tuesday, a fuming Bharatiya Janata Party said it would raise the issue in the state assembly as well as the Legislative Council on Wednesday, demanding Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to sack the minister.
The video is of a gathering of February 22 at Amour Assembly constituency of Abdul Jalil Mastan in Purnea district, which was called to register protest against the demonetisation move.
In the video, Mastan, who is the state excise and prohibition minister, was heard telling the crowd that it was the PM who had said that if he failed to end people’s woes within 50 days of demonetisation, he was prepared to face any punishment.
The video shows the MLA telling the people to hit the PM’s photograph with shoes. A few supporters then hit the photograph of the PM kept on a chair on the stage with shoes while the minister was present on the dais.
An enraged senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the party would raise the issue in both houses of Bihar assembly on Wednesday demanding the removal of Mastan.
“One can have ideological difference. But, the Constitution does not allow a person, who is a minister in a state, to incite a crowd and to humiliate a prime minister in
this manner,” Sushil Modi said.
State Congress president and minister Ashok Choudhary said though he has not seen the video, but “people in public life should keep control over their language.”
Repeated attempts to contact Mastan for his comments proved futile as his phone remained switched off.