Rai regrets choice of words on PM's critics

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Rai, 51, was addressing a gathering of party workers in Bihar's Patna city when he made the contentious remarks sparking a serious controversy.

"Main kehti hoon ki himmat hai to kato, Narendra Modi ka haath aur gala katnewale bhi bahut log hain (I dare them to cut (hands), there are many people who can cut the hands and neck of PM Modi)", she said.

Rai later clarified saying he used the expression of breaking hands and chopping fingers as proverb to convey that his party would strongly deal with those who rise against the country's pride and security. "However, if it has caused any hurt, I express my deepest regret and withdraw my comment". "It has been twisted out of context", Rai added.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Health Minister Mangal Pandey were present when Rai made the controversial comment, reports PTI.

Rabri Devi, who has skipped multiple summons for questioning by the Enforcement Directorate, said at today's function that she would continue doing so, adding, "if they want to, they can come to Patna and interrogate me at my home".

Meanwhile, the opposition RJD and Congress attacked Rai for his alleged comments.

As Rai's hate speech triggered a backlash from political parties and common citizens alike, the BJP leader quickly recanted and claimed that he had been misinterpreted. He said there were growing voices of protest against the three-and-a-half-year-old central government led by Modi. Speaking at a function on Monday, the BJP leader warned that those fingers and hands that are raised against the PM will be broken or chopped off.

Senior Congress leader Prem Chandra Mishra said, "As the state unit chief of a party and MP, he should realise that we are living in a democratic setup wherein such type of language is unacceptable". JD-U leaders have refused to comment on it. Earlier this month, he had called Modi a "reincarnation of Swami Vivekananda".

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