Bihar’s deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday wished freedom fighter Bhagat Singh on his 111th birth anniversary. But there was a small problem. His tweet paying tribute to one of India’s most well-known freedom-fighters became the reason for his embarrassment.
Taking to the microblogging site, Modi wrote in Hindi with hashtag #BhagatSingh, “We bow to India’s great martyr Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary.”
— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) September 27, 2018
Moments later, Bihar’s former deputy CM and RJD leader, Tejashwi Yadav, slammed Modi for forgetting the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh. His scathing tweet read, “Our honourable deputy chief minister is so frightened of AK-47 carrying criminals in Bihar that he forgot the birth anniversary of martyred revolutionary Bhagat Singh. Why are these products of RSS schools so determined to destroy the history of our great freedom fighters. Why do they have problems with Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh and Nehru?”
माननीय उपमुख्यमंत्री जी, AK-47 वाले अपराधियों से इतना डर गए कि वीर शहीद क्रांतिकारी भगत सिंह की जयंती ही भूल गए।
संघी पाठशाला के ये विद्यार्थी महान स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों के सही इतिहास को मिटाने पर क्यों उतारू है?इन्हें महान गांधी जी, भगत सिंह, नेहरु जी जैसों से दिक़्क़त क्यों है? https://t.co/1rXqVEKHVO
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) September 27, 2018
Bhagat Singh was born on 28 September 1907 in Banga, now in Pakistan. He was killed through execution by British occupying forces on 23 March 1931 in Lahore.
Faced with condemnation, Modi deleted his tweet, but his decision evoked further reaction from Tejashwi, who wrote, “Honourable deputy chief minister also known as rumour monger, now will you concede that the RJD is not a part of some cane-carrying workers, but people who carry laptops. Today they forced you to delete your tweet.”
Tejashwi’s AK-47 reference was to the gruesome murder of a former mayor in Muzaffarpur last week. Responding to the the murder of Sameer Kumar, Modi had appealed to the criminal with ‘folded hands’ to stop the crime in the state.
Kumar was killed with his driver on Sunday evening after his assassins fired more than 50 rounds of bullets using AK-47 rifles.