Opposition Leaders Use Bihar's First CM's Anniversary to Take Shots at NDA

Tejaswi Yadav speaking at a function in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Birth or death anniversary of any prominent politician in Bihar means only one thing – an opportunity to bash the leaders of the opposing parties. Sunday was no exception when those craving for power took multiple shots at those in power in the name of honoring Bihar's first Chief Minister Dr. Sri Krishna Singh.

Leading the charge was Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) de facto chief and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav who declared that while the BJP-led NDA was disintegrating and was on the verge of collapse, the RJD-led Grand Alliance, or Mahagathbandhan, was alive, constantly expanding, and kicking.

Speaking at the function at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall named aptly after the man being celebrated on his 131st birth anniversary, Yadav said that first it was Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, who left the NDA, and then later Jitan Ram Manjhi, the former Chief Minister of Bihar, who later found the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and became part of the Mahagathbandhan.

The RJD leader, with obvious reference to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, also warned people of leaders with a 'history of backstabbing'.

"These people are more concerned whether the Mahagathbandhan will survive or not and what is happening at the house of Lalu Prasad Yadav. We need to be careful of these people. Today, the nation is under dictatorship. Those who speak the truth are being punished and those who are corrupt to the core are enjoying the perks of power. How did those whose DNAs were once declared faulty suddenly were deemed having 'good DNAs'? How did those who used to hurl insults at the other suddenly decided to sit in their lap?" Yadav said in reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar.

Interestingly, while Congress in-charge of Bihar Shakti Singh Gohil praised the state's first Chief Minister for rising above the caste politics during his entire political career, Akhilesh Singh wasted no time in playing caste card saying Bhumihars (the caste of Sri Krishna Singh) were praised everywhere so it made no sense when people like Dr. C P Thakur were in the BJP, a caste-ridden party.

"Bhumihars have forgotten their 'Bhumiharis' and are now praising casteist leaders like Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi," the Congress leader said.

Jitan Ram Manjhi, who has emerged as a single-issue leader, namely, more reservation for various vote banks, once again advocated for reservation for 'poor upper caste people'.

Congress state president Madan Mohan Jha said that all the developments in Bihar took place when Congress was in the power.

Nikhil Kumar, former Governor of Kerala and Nagaland and the son of former Bihar Chief Minister Satyendra Narayan Sinha, said that by installing a Congress government in Bihar would be the most appropriate tribute to Sri Krishna Singh.

Former Union Minister Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, former minister Alok Mehta, Congress legislator Vijay Shankar Dubey were among many who were also present on the occasion.

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