"Kumar himself has been known to behave like a dictator," Sushil Kumar Modi, former deputy chief minister of Bihar, said in a statement in Patna.
    
Substantiating his allegation, Modi quoted ailing JD-U stalwart George Fernandes as having said once that Nitish Kumar had become a dictator.
    
It was due to his dictatorial style of functioning that the late JD-U leader Digvijay Singh had snapped ties with Kumar and another party leader Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lallan Singh had charged the chief minister with behaving like a dictator while quitting his post of the state unit JD-U president three years ago, he said.
    
In recent times, as many as half a dozen JD-U leaders have been shown the door by the chief minister for praising or meeting Narendra Modi, the statement said citing JD-U MP Captain Jainarayan Nishad and MLA Chhedi Paswan.
    
Taking the Gujarat Chief Minister's name was tantamount to committing a crime in JD-U, it said.
    
Modi said that the Chief Minister had imposed a ban on display of political cartoons at Durga Puja pandals in Patna fearing that such materials could criticize him and praise his Gujarat counterpart.

(Agencies)

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