‘Haathi chale Bihar, bhaunken hazaar’, Shatrughan Sinha hits back at Kailash Vijayvargiya on dog remark

Patna: A day after BJP’s humiliating defeat in the Bihar assembly elections, a war of word has broken among party leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Shatrughan Sinha.

Shatrughan Sinha

Hitting back at Kailash Vijayvargiya’s comment which likened him to a dog, Sinha on Tuesday said ‘Haathi chale Bihar, bhaunken hazaar’.

Sinha tweeted his response,

People want my reaction to Vijayvargiya’s remark. My reaction to small or big flies in any party is “Haathi chale Bihar,….bhaunken hazaar”

Barely 24 hours after the party-led NDA was humiliated in Bihar, the dog analogy was used by Vijayvargiya, a BJP General Secretary and a party strategist for Bihar. His comment came just days after he was forced to withdraw his controversial tweets targeting Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

In a bitterly fought election between Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi, the Mahagathbandhan won 178 seats in Bihar, a commanding two-third majority in the 243-member assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies had to settle for a mere 58 seats.

Vijayvargiya was on Monday asked to comment on Sinha’s remarks that the poll outcome could have been different had he been projected as the chief ministerial candidate and that those responsible for NDA’s defeat “should be taught a lesson”.

“When a car moves, a dog moves under it too, the dog believes that the car is moving because of me. This party is not dependable on one person, it’s a whole organisation and there’s a big hierarchy here. Those who are out of it were on a ‘Maun Vrat’ and now they are speaking,” Vijayvargiya, a former minister in Madhya Pradesh, said.

The dog analogy has been used by a BJP leader for the second time in recent weeks after Union Minister VK Singh did so over the Dalit burning incident in Faridabad.

Vijayvargiya had said Sinha’s identity in politics is because of the BJP and he alone should decide on his loyalty to the party.

Sinha has been severely critical of BJP leadership, particularly those in the Bihar unit. After he was left out of the campaign for the Assembly polls, he said he was “deliberately sidelined”.