"After insulting Biharis by questioning my DNA last month, Modi has again insulted Bihar and Biharis by terming it a Bimaru state," Nitish Kumar told the media here.

Experts once used to collectively describe undivided Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as 'BIMARU' states to denote their backwardness.

Nitish Kumar insisted Bihar is no more a BIMARU state. Addressing a public meeting in Gaya, about 100 km from here, yesterday, Modi said if the BJP-led NDA won the coming assembly elections Bihar would rid itself of the 'BIMARU' adjective.  

"We will take Bihar out of 'BIMARU' tag in the next five years by economic development like in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan," the Prime Minister said.

Nitish Kumar pointed out that Modi forgot to mention that when Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan got out of the BIMARU classification, the country was ruled by a non-BJP government.

He said Modi had in a way threatened people by asking them to vote for the BJP if they desired help from the Central government. "What kind of cooperative federalism is this," Nitish said.

He described BJP as 'Badka Jhootha Party' after Modi called Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) as the 'Janata ka daman aur utpidan' party.

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