As the Bihar election enters the critical third phase, it has increasingly become a direct confrontation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Training his guns directly at the PM, Nitish Kumar accused him of not speaking directly or decisively on the lynching of a man in Uttar Pradesh's Dadri over beef rumours. Speaking to NDTV in Patna, Mr Kumar accused PM Modi of "speaking from behind a purdah" when it came to hate politics. He said that the country's image had been badly dented due to the "rising intolerance", but the Prime Minister was "hiding behind the President". This, the chief minister said, was "laughable". And with dal prices skyrocketing, Nitish Kumar took a swipe at PM Modi saying PM can keep 'acche din' to himself and give us back 'puraane din'.