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BIT - Who is right?

MPs. Strong (but not expert) experienced opponents in a club duplicate.

West
98
KJ9
A973
AK32
North
KJ10753
AQ854
Q2
East
A64
32
KJ5
QJ1065
South
Q2
1076
10864
9874
W
N
E
S
1
1
3
P
P
3
4
P
P
4
X
P
P
P
D
4X North
NS: 0 EW: 0

EW are playing 4-card Majors, weak NT.

I was North and my partner tanked after the 4 bid. Now, I am not that strong a player but, at the time, I wanted to play this hand up to game level. After the 4 bid I was always going to bid 4 if my partner had not previously given me preference.

My LHO pointed out the hesitation and reserved rights.  I went down one in 4X and they got 65% as scored immediately after the hand was completed. RHO was happy with this score but LHO was still complaining.  I asked LHO what he would have bid and he said 4 because I had more spades than hearts. Well, I would not have bid that in a million years.  I contend that, in a competitive situation with the hand I held, I don't want to pattern out - I just want to get suit preference to play at game level.

As it happens, I would have been be better off passing 4 - c'est la vie! However, the opponents only got 55% on this board by the end of the evening.

Fwiw, the Director, who was nearby (but not called) commented to our opponents as they left the table that my partner and I are slow bidders!

Helpful comments would be appreciated!

I am right: I can bid 4 despite the BIT
I am wrong: I must bid 4, not 4, given the BIT
I am wrong: I must pass given the BIT
Other

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