In an embarrassment for RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, at an event in Patna today, by mistake he first sat on the chair that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was supposed to sit. However, quickly realising his mistake, he shifted to next seat where he was originally supposed to sit.
Last week, in a startling gesture, he had added colour to to a lotus sketch portrayed by an artist in the Patna Book Fair. He didn’t paint the Lotus pink, but saffron-the colour of Bhartiya Janata Party’s election symbol.
Nitish’s act had created a political debate. Speaking to news agency ANI, BJP MP Giriraj Singh had said that Nitish was painting his “political ambitions” and wants to show RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav that he is independent. “Wo (Nitish) apni ranjinitk rang bhar rahe thay, Laluji ko baar baar wo zaroor dikhaate rehte hain ki main swatantra hun,” he said.
Time and again Nitish has tried to increase his political bonhomie PM Narendra Modi. Nitish’s gimmicks are being considered as a move to put alliance partner RJD in check.
After a bitterly-fought 2015 Bihar elections, the two leaders first shared stage at a function in Hajipur in March 2016. Nitish limited his speech to praising the Modi government’s cooperation and invited the Prime Minister to visit Bihar over and over again, which left everyone guessing. On his part, Modi addressed Nitish as a ‘mitra’.
#WATCH: Lalu Yadav sits on Nitish Kumar’s chair accidentally, realizes later and switches seat, at an event in Patna pic.twitter.com/TzLIAt1j5K
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When all Opposition parties, including the JD(U)’s alliance partners Congress and RJD, rallied against demonetisation, Nitish chose to praise the Prime Minister and support the move. Nitish said the move to withdraw high-value currencies would help in curbing corruption and flush out black money. He also demanded a strong legislation to track benami property transactions.
(With IANS inputs)