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Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reached the Iftar party organized by Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav while walking on foot on Sunday evening. During this the VIP convoy was not with him. This evoked memories of a similar incident last year when Kumar had gone on foot to the 10, Circular Road bungalow allotted to former chief minister and Tejashwi Yadav’s mother Rabri Devi. Along with this, he had indicated his upcoming plan to break ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and form a government with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). Kumar, who is now leading the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government, reached the venue smiling. During this, Kumar’s close aide and Janata Dal United (JDU) National President Rajeev Ranjan alias Lallan and Minister Vijay Kumar Choubey, known as Kumar’s troubleshooter, were with him.
Dressed in a Pathani suit, Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav welcomed them with a bouquet of flowers and then put on caps on the guests. As Kumar and his close aides sat on chairs close to Yadav and Rabri Devi, the sudden arrival of Chirag Paswan, who had once hit headlines for relentlessly targeting Chief Minister Kumar, triggered a wave of excitement. However, keeping aside all differences, Paswan touched the feet of Kumar, an old associate of his father late Ram Vilas Paswan. Later, Paswan told reporters, “I have family relations with Lalu Prasad (RJD chief) and his family, so I come here every year. My differences with Nitish Kumar have been on the basis of policies, not on personal grounds.
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Chirag-Nitish face to face
Paswan, MP from Jamui, has accused Kumar of insulting his father all his life. However, he remains politically isolated despite openly praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has even campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in some of the recent assembly elections. Recently, when Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed hope that the BJP would win all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, a section of the media It was seen as an indication that the BJP would not give importance to its allies in the state where it is up against a grand alliance of seven parties. When asked about Shah’s statement, Paswan said that my party is also preparing to contest on all 40 seats. It will be decided later on how many seats we will contest.
‘Know body language’
Meanwhile, when his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras, who rebelled against Chirag, was asked about Chirag in a press conference of Lok Janshakti Party, he said that Chirag should not be called my nephew. The blood flowing in our veins is not the same. My party will remain a strong ally of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). However, Tejashwi Yadav (33) tried to show through this iftar party that despite his young age, he is ready to play long innings in politics and take everyone along. Others who attended the feast hosted by Yadav included state Congress president Akhilesh Prasad Singh, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Jan Adhikar Party founder Pappu Yadav.
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