Nitish, Paswan Celebrate Former PM V P Singh's Birth Anniversary

Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan paying floral tribute to former PM V P Singh on his birth anniversary.

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Patna: While taking part in the birth anniversary celebration of former Prime Minister V P Singh at a function held at Rabindra Bhawan in Patna on Monday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took veiled shots at his rivals saying a number of the so-called 'socialist' leaders were more about themselves than about socialism or about empowering socially and economically disenfranchised people of the country.

In what was seen as a dig at leaders like Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav, Kumar said that a number of leaders who claimed to be the followers of Ram Manohar Lohia or Jaya Prakash Narayan were doing so only for political gains and nothing else.

"If these people had strictly followed the tenets of socialism, Congress party would have ceased to exist a long time ago," he said.

Rest of Kumar's speech contained his usual talking points like how the state was free from communal disturbances, how prohibition had brought peace and prosperity all around, and how his various social schemes were changing the face of Bihar.

"Unfortunately, some people are unable to digest this peace and prosperity in Bihar and are doing their best to create unrest in the state. They are also trying to create communal tension to attract votes. I am not one of those who engages in vote bank politics.," the Chief Minister said adding in that respect, he was just like late Prime Minister V P Singh.

Finally, Kumar once again took aim at various social media saying they were the hotbeds of 'unsocial activities' having negative impact on the society'.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan, speaking of V P Singh, made a dramatic revelation about Lalu Prasad Yadav saying the former Prime Minister never wanted the RJD chief to become the Chief Minister of Bihar.

"He asked me go to Bihar (to become its Chief Minister) but I turned down the offer. Then he suggested the name of Ram Sundar Das and despite the fact that Das always contested polls against me, I agreed with the Prime Minister and supported Das' candidacy," the LJP leader said.

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