"Bihar ke DNA mein jativaad hain" (There is casteism in Bihar's DNA), Gadkari said in a reply to why BJP leaders have been projecting Narendra Modi as 'chaiwala' and a backward caste leader repeatedly during the ongoing campaigning for Lok Sabha polls.

Gadkari soon took a U-turn, saying he did not mean that Bihar society is dominantly casteist.

"What I mean is that there is more use of caste in politics in Bihar," he said.

Bihar's ruling JD-U, opposition Congress, RJD leaders condemned Gadkari for his statement and demanded a public apology from him.

"Gadkari has insulted Bihar and its 10.5 crore people," Congress spokesperson Prem Chand Mishra said.

JD-U spokesperson Nawal Kishore Sharma echoing similar sentiments said Gadkari should apologize to people.

"BJP's real face was exposed again vis-a-vis Bihar," he said.

Gadkari is in Bihar to campaign for party candidates. Modi, who is BJP's prime ministerial candidate, will address two election meetings in Katihar and Supaul parliamentary constituencies on Saturday.


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