Nitish slams BJP on Amartya Sen remark

Nitish slams BJP on Amartya Sen remark

By: || Updated: 26 Jul 2013 05:21 AM

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar on Friday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the demand
by a BJP MP that the Bharat Ratna be taken back from noted economist and
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.

"This just makes it clear that the
decision of parting ways with the BJP was totally correct. What kind of
thinking do they have," Nitish Kumar told reporters here.

Sen had
Monday said that he did not want to see Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi as the prime minister of the country as Modi did not have secular

Responding to this, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra
Wednesday tweeted that the next National Democratic Alliance (NDA)
government should strip Sen of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian
award, for the economist's comments slamming Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi.

"Does it mean there is no freedom of speech in
this country? Though they are not going to get a chance (of coming to
power), but suppose they do... is this the thinking with which they claim
they will provide leadership and take the nation forward," the Bihar Chief
Minister asked.

"This line of thought can only take the nation
backward. People have rejected this line of thought, and will keep
rejecting it."

The BJP has distanced itself from Mitra's comment
saying it was his "personal opinion".

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