Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had a long discussion with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on a day the Janata Dal (United) clearly spoke about keeping the grand alliance in the state alive, asking how can we kill our own baby, according to a report by The Indian Express. The meeting was held after Nitish’s ally in the state Lalu Yadav was brought under the spotlight because of CBI raids and opposition party’s attacks on his son Tejashwi Yadav. “The grand alliance is not going to break. It is our own baby. How can we kill it?” JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi asked on Wednesday and urged “friends” to first see what the Bihar Chief Minister had actually said in the party’s meeting in Patna a day ago.
Meanwhile, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, whose security personnel were yesterday accused of manhandling the mediapersons gathered to jot down his reaction after a cabinet meeting held by Nitish Kumar took to Facebook to condemn the incident. “There are misleading information about attack on media persons, on request of them I patiently waited abt 5-7 mins so that they stop meddling with each other out of competition however that was in vein. I totally understand know how difficult is their job, specially the cameramen. They were falling & competing with each other. Couple of media person were putting mike behind me & brushed my ears & head also. There were moments when around ten mikes were about to hit my nose, I saved myself & duty personals were protecting it while being on duty,” he said in the post.
“Personally I wasn’t aware what’s happening other side as was addressing the media and completely surrounded by media only. Even a cameraman hardly hit the Health Minister with his camera on head while boarding the car & it wasn’t reported at all, rather no need to as it happens out of rush. Many security guards had minor bruises. On such critical moments when hundreds of media surrounds & suddenly jumps for byte, it becomes bit difficult for us, media & security guards also. There were reports on few channels stating that it happened on my instructions and few RJD supporters carried the assault which is totally undesirable, baseless & meaningless. We always have been friendly with media and respond to them. I regret & condemn any charge on media. Such incidents must not take place, I will personally look into the matter & get it investigated,” the statement added.