Patna, May 02 : A day after United Nations designated Masood Azhar, the chief of Pakistan based banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, 'global terrorist ', controversy erupted in Bihar politics after former Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi's role in the development and addressed Masood Azhar as 'Saheb'.
Interestingly, Mr Manjhi's words attracted strong criticism from BJP, but its ally JD(U) did not follow its line in the midst of the high voltage Lok Sabha elections in Bihar.
Prime Minister Mr Modi, who had vowed publicly to take all possible steps to destroy terrorism with the aid of military and diplomatic exercise across the globe. Vigorous attempts were made to ensure that United Nations declared 'Masood' as 'global terrorist ', but the efforts failed as China blocked the move several times using its Veto right.
At last China decided to withdraw its hold which paved the way for declaration of Masood as global terrorist by United Nations on Wednesday.
The issue assumes significance as 'Jaish-e-Mohammad ' is involved in attack on CRPF troops in Pulwama in February this year, killing 40 jawans.
Former CM and president of Hindustani Awam Morcha(HAM), Mr Manjhi told media persons here that attempts were being made by previous regimes since long to get 'Masood' named 'global terrorist' by United Nations, but it a 'sheer chance' that success came yesterday. Prime Minister Modi and BJP should not try to take credit for this feat as it would not be proper, he remarked.
Mr Manjhi also stoked controversy during his interaction with media persons by addressing Masood as 'Saheb', a word used to show respect to those commanding high stake in society. Such glorification of 'Masood' invited strong criticism from senior BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh, who said Mr Manjhi lost his good qualities after joining Grand Alliance as leaders of Congress had been in the habit of glorifying the head of top terror outfits across the globe.
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had once addressed Osama Bin Laden, the chief of 'Al Qaida' as "Osamaji" after he was killed by US security forces in Pakistan for his involvement in attack on World Trade Centre.(UNI)