A leader of the ruling JD(U) in Bihar on Sunday stirred a controversy by comparing RJD president Lalu Prasad’s eldest daughter Misa Bharati to Shurpanakha, the sister of the demon king Ravana in the epic Ramayana.
Ms Bharati’s brother Tej Pratap Yadav reacted strongly to the analogy drawn by JD(U) MLC and party spokesman Neeraj Kumar and threatened to file a case against him.
In a tweet, Mr Kumar made the oft-repeated charge that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo had deviated from the Indian tradition by choosing his younger son Tejashwi Yadav as his political heir ignoring Tej Pratap, the elder one.
“(In the Ramayana) Bharat had marched to the forest and begged Lord Rama to return. But today, the situation is reverse. The younger brother is in a position of power, the elder one has been forced to live in exile and Shurpanakha is being denied even a small territory,” Mr Kumar tweeted.