Addressing a poll rally here, PM Modi, who has been silent on the lynching of a man in Dadri over rumours of eating beef despite widespread outrage and the debate over beef ban, latched on to Lalu's remarks on beef and said a 'shaitan (devil) has entered a human body'.

"What all did he eat? It (the remarks) insulted the Yaduvanshis... Laluji these Yaduvanshis helped you to come to power. What all Yadavs it not an insult of Yadavs and Bihar?" he said.

PM Modi, who is under attack from the grand alliance for allegedly insulting people of Bihar through his DNA barb against Nitish Kumar, repeatedly sought to project Lalu's beef remarks as an insult not only to the entire Yadav community whose primary occupation has been rearing cows, but to the entire state.

Insisting that Lalu cannot absolve himself of his beef remarks by claiming that it was the 'devil' (shaitan) on his tongue which made him say it, he said, "I want to know how the shaitan got the address (of Lalu)...he recognises that it was the shaitan in a similar manner as people recognise their relatives."

Ridiculing Lalu's remarks that it was the 'devil under whose influence' he made the beef remarks, PM Modi said, "So far we were fighting (political rivals) human beings. Now a shaitan has entered a human body which is after us.” Repeatedly referring to Lalu's remarks, the Prime Minister asked the gathering do we have place for such people in Bihar?

Amid a realisation that an intact Muslim-Yadav combination could lead to problems for it, BJP-led NDA is banking heavily on a division in Yadav votes and has prominently put Yadav leaders like Ram Kripal Yadav and Nand Kishore Yadav to counter the RJD chief's appeal in the community.

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