Patna: On the day when a number of politicians in Bihar were celebrating the 96th birth anniversary of Congress leader Lalit Narayan Mishra by paying homage to the then Railway Minister who was killed in a bomb blast at Samastipur railway station in 1975, his grandson Rishi Mishra, quit Janata Dal – U and joined Congress Party in the presence of party state president Madan Mohan Jha.
“I couldn’t stay in a party any longer that is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). For the last 18 months or, I have been struggling to justify my presence in the NDA and I have failed to convince myself. I have contested state elections against the BJP and because Nitish Kumar chose to go back to the NDA about a year and a half ago, I felt hard to go back to my constituency and show my face to my people,” Mishra, the son of Vijay Kumar Mishra, a Lok Dal leader and an MP from Darbhanga between 1984 and 1989, said.
As in such situation countless times in the past, Jha welcomed Mishra in the party saying Congress was glad to have him back as ‘his presence was going to strengthen the party’.
“I have set no condition before Congress and I am here only to strengthen the party. I will work tirelessly to ensure huge win for the party that my father and grandfather belonged,” Rishi Mishra said.
Earlier, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Governor Lalji Tandon paid floral tribute to LN Mishra at his statue in Patna while Bihar Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma opened the annual function at the L N Mishra Institute in honor of the slain Congress leader.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS