Patna: Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan on Monday (October 19th) voiced strong displeasure over the use of term 'vote katua' for his party by some BJP leaders to keep Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar happy.

'Vote Katua' is an expression used in the Hindi heartland for political parties and candidates in elections who are in the fray to eat into the votes of others without benefiting themselves.

"I am pained at the term vote katua being used against the LJP. They should apply their own wisdom and not use such words just to make somebody happy.”

"I don’t mind whatever BJP leaders say, because I know they are just putting words to the chief ministers thoughts, the 37-year-old son of Ram Vilas Paswan, one of the foremost Dalit leaders and the LJP founder, told PTI.

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Meanwhile, Chirag had reiterated his respect for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that he respects the prime minister because he called him for support when LJP patron Ram Vilas Paswan was admitted in ICU. "Why should I not respect Prime Minister Narendra Modi, only he called me for support when my father was admitted to ICU," he said.

A few days ago, Chirag had referred to himself as PM Modi’s ‘Hanuman’.

Urging more respect from the BJP towards his late father and former Union minister, he said they should not use such terms for a party built painstakingly by somebody who was their colleague in the government just until 11 days ago.

"Ultimately, a BJP-LJP government will be formed in the state after November 10," he said, and added the BJP should not say things that may hamper possibilities of a future coming together of the two.