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May 06, 2012 at 02:10pm IST

Lalu slams Nitish over shaking hands with Modi

New Delhi: RJD chief Lalu Prasad has slammed Bihar Chief Minister for his double speak after Nitsh Kumar shook hands with his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi at the NCTC meet in the national capital on Saturday.

"Nitish didn't allow Narendra Modi into Bihar. Then Modi didn't allow him in Surat during Bihar Diwas. Now they are shaking hands?," Lalu said.

"Kumar's secular credentials have come under scrutiny once again after he shook hands with Modi and exchanged pleasantries with him in full media glare at conference of the Chief Ministers on the NCTC in New Delhi,” he told reporters.

"The Chief Minister stands thoroughly exposed as far as his secular image is concerned as he has always sought to maintain distance with Modi in Bihar, but did not mind interaction with him at places outside the state," Lalu said.

Kumar's deliberations with Modi has proved it beyond doubt that his facade of being secularist was aimed at keeping the minorities in good humour in order to get their votes for staying in power, the RJD supremo alleged.

All the protestation by Kumar about publication of his photograph with Modi during 2010 BJP national executive was aimed at befooling the minorities with eye on their votes in the assembly polls to be held later that year, Lalu alleged.

On the NCTC issue, the RJD supremo urged the Centre to evolve a consensus before setting up the anti-terror body in the country.

(With additional inputs from PTI)

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