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In comments seen as an indirect rebuke to the BJP -- whom he partnered to form the government last year after dumping Lalu Yadav and the Congress -- he said: "Please remember, neither did I compromise with corruption, nor I will compromise with those trying to divide the society. I'm for complete communal and social peace... I want to make it clear that this country will march ahead on the basis of love, compassion and communal harmony".
He then went on to support Union Minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who on Sunday advised ally BJP on the "need to change mass perception among Dalits and minorities". "I know Paswan very well and without applying his mind he won't speak on these issues," Mr Kumar said.
BJP leaders in the state declined to comment over the remarks.
The Chief Minister's remarks came in the backdrop of day-long opposition protests in the state assembly against Union Minister Giriraj Singh and Ashwini Choubey.
Last week, after victory of Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal won the by-elections for Araria parliamentary seat in face of an aggressive BJP campaign, Mr Singh had said the district will become a "hub of terror". It had created a huge controversy, with the opposition RJD calling the remark communal.
Leader of opposition Tejashwi Yadav had tweeted a video of the incident, accompanied by a stinging remark.
Junior minister for health and family welfare Ashwini Choubey was caught in controversy over the weekend after a procession of right-wing workers led by his son Arijit Sashwat allegedly raised provocative slogans in Bhagalpur, which led to a clash. A police case was filed against Abhijit Sashwat.
Modi Ji's favourite Minister Giriraj Singh disturbing law & order against his own govt. He is inciting crowd against Nitish govt. See Video..DSP Muradabad- Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) March 18, 2018
Who has courage to question & debate such unlawful act of an Union Minister? @GargiRawat@sardesairajdeep@rohini_sghpic.twitter.com/74M3GPkG03
Before this, Mr Kumar also broke his silence on special status, saying Bihar has not shed this demand. "In fact, the Telugu Desam Party is raising it now, but we have been demanding it for quite some time," he said.
Regarding the defeat in the by-elections in Jehanabad, Mr Kumar said he was not open to contest but fielded a party candidate from on the BJP's insistence.