Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar today dismissed speculation about changing political equations, saying there was “nothing political” behind his decision to attend the Iftar party hosted by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Friday in Patna.
“A lot of people are invited to such Iftar parties. What does it have to do with politics? We also have an Iftar party and invite everyone,” said Kumar.
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Nitish Kumar attended RJD’s Iftar party after a five-year hiatus. In 2017, Mr Kumar left Bihar’s Grand Alliance of Mahagathbandhan to become an ally of the BJP.
His presence at the party sparked speculation that this was a sign of yet another political infighting by the Chief Minister. Alliance partners Janata Dal United (JDU) and BJP in Bihar disagree on several issues, including caste-based censuses, NDA leadership in Bihar, prohibition of prohibition and the state of law and order.
Others who attended the Iftar party include BJP leaders Awadhesh Narayan Singh and Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, and Chirag Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).
When asked about Nitish Kumar’s presence at the Iftar celebration, Tejashwi Yadav said it is a tradition for everyone to participate in the Iftar celebration.
“We have invited all people whether from BJP, JDU or LJP and it is a tradition that everyone participates in the Iftar party,” the RJD leader said.