On Tuesday, Kumar posted a couplet by famous mystic poet Kabir; the Chief Minister appeared to compare himself to chandan (sandalwood) who cannot be corrupted by poison.

The reference to poison was quickly interpreted by people as the latest expression of the passive-aggressive tone that has marked their alliance ahead of the nearing election in their home state. However, Kumar clarified that his barb was aimed at the BJP, with whom his party's lengthy collaboration ended acrimoniously in 2013.

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