In an open letter to the PM, which was released on social media sites Facebook and Twitter, Kumar said the comment was unbecoming of the office he holds.

"Your words have been taken as an insult by a large section of the people of the state and beyond. Most of us also feel that coming from you, the comment is rather unbecoming of the office you hold," he said. Referring to Modi's proposed visit to Gaya on August 9, Kumar stated he is writing this letter on behalf of those who felt hurt by his statement.

"I have no doubt that this gesture of yours (withdrawing the DNA remark) would go a long way in assuaging the sentiments of people and would further enhance the respect people have for you," he added. During a speech at a rally in Muzaffarpur on July 25, Modi remembered the way Kumar had invited him to dinner and later cancelled the invitation. The PM went on to add that Kumar had not only disrespected him but also a 'Mahadalit'
like former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

"There seems to be some problem in his DNA because the DNA of democracy is not like that. In democracy you respect even your political rivals," PM Modi had said at the rally.

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