Patna: Bihar's minister for excise and prohibition Abdul Jalil Mastan has kicked up a row after his video abusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and calling him a 'dacoit' and a 'naxalite' went viral. In the video, the minister is reported to have asked the crowd to beat the photograph of the Prime Minister with slippers. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nitin Naveen has lodged an FIR against Mastan for using abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A day after the minister has apologised for his inflammatory remarks.
Mastan's comments have received widespread denunciation. The BJP has also been demanding the resignation of Mastan over his alleged remarks against the Prime Minister. BJP leaders have said that Mastan has had a history of controversial statements and actions that would have landed anyone else in jail. BJP senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday said the party would raise the issue in both Houses of Bihar Assembly 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. On Wednesday, Mastan had apologised after he was caught on camera asking his supporters to beat up a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with slippers. 'I apologise if my statement or statements of my people have hurt anyone,' Mastan later said. In a video that went viral, Mastan was heard calling PM Modi a 'naxalite' and a 'dacoit'. The video showed Mastan inciting his supporters following which his supporters beat up a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with slippers and also hurling verbal abuses on him. The video was reportedly shot on February 22 during a protest rally against demonetisation in Purnia district. Mastan was heard calling Modi a 'dacoit' for 'stealing people's money' after demonetisation.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too denounced Mastan for his statements, saying "This is wrong.' Nitish was replying when asked about his reaction on the video. The Congress, for its part, too, had expressed regret over Bihar minister's video. State Congress President and Education Minister Ashok Choudhary had said that those in public life should mind what they speak in public.