While Lalu warmly shook hands with Nitish, Rabri Devi also exchanged greetings with the Chief Minister. Lalu’s daughters touched Nitish’s feet and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad joined his former boss for photographs together.
Congress leader said Bihar’s political “equations were still in fluid state and things would change before 2019 polls”. “What is happening now is mere political posturing,” said the senior Congress leader.
On the attendance of opposition leaders, a senior RJD leader said, “Top leaders from some opposition parties are not able to come because of the elections in Karnataka but we will still have some very important leaders in attendance."
The Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government Tuesday gave nod to the Mukhyamantri Anusuchit Jati Evam Anusuchit Janjati Civil Seva Protsahan Yojana to help bright aspirants focus on their studies without worrying about expenses.
JD(U) national spokesperson and principal general secretary K C Tyagi said: “There had been an all-party meeting in Patna on the matter. All political parties are unanimous. When a team of 15th Finance Commission visits Bihar in July, we will put forward our demand strongly.”
The conference would discuss Marx's life struggle, his writings covering economics, history, sociology, political theory, literature and other social issues, his political activities, from continuation of his academic and political legacy to opening new frontiers of Marxism and also his lifelong collaborator Frederick Engels.
“One thing is sure — I am not joining BJP or its allies LJP or RLSP. But I am not averse to the Grand Alliance. Whether I will be with Sharad Yadav or Lalu Prasad, it is the same thing,” Uday Narayan Choudhary told The Indian Express.
Lalu Prasad Yadav had earlier written to AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, requesting him not to move him back to Ranchi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) under “pressure” from any political party or investigating agency, as he was “still unwell”.
JD(U) has made it clear that it was in alliance with the BJP only in Bihar and had earlier contested against the saffron party in Gujarat and Nagaland Assembly elections. The party is contesting 34 Assembly seats in Karnataka.
“Some forces are still trying to disturb us. But let me warn our neighbouring country that we would not open fire at them first, but if they open it, they may not be able to count bullets fired back by us," Rajnath Singh said.
Yashwant Sinha, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleged that democracy was under threat under the present government. A former Union finance minister, Sinha has also criticised the government’s handling of the economy.
"No one can take away reservation as it is one's right... When the earth faces a storm, politics will also face some of it. Such things go on... I am against corruption, crime and communalism and I cannot compromise with it,” Nitish said.
A couple of local women claimed they had seen armed people near the statue, but did not come out of their homes to find out what was happening. The Nawada administration promptly got the statue repaired.