Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Thursday said that firecrackers would be burst in Pakistan if the BJP lost the Bihar elections to the Grand Alliance. Shah was addressing a public rally at Raxaul, Bihar, a day after the third phase of the Assembly elections in the state. The party chief has come under fire on social media for the controversial remark.

He also brought up former Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Mohammad Shahabuddin, who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for kidnapping. According to an ABP report, Shah said that the BJP’s loss would also be a boon Shahabuddin, the former MP of Siwan, and suggested he might return if the Grand Alliance came to power.

The BJP has been involved in a series of mud-slinging battles with the Grand Alliance, which includes Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United), the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD and the Congress.