No Opposition Leaders at CM's Iftar Party

Nitish Kumar hosts Iftar party at his residence in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: A day after he attended the Iftar party organized by the Muslim United Front that was anything but filled with warm feelings due to the presence of some of his fierce opponents like Jitan Ram Manjhi and a number of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday hosted his own Iftar party at his residence though most of his political adversaries refrained from attending what once used to be a non-political, secular event.

Putting up a nonchalant face, Kumar welcomed all the guests while carefully swatting any political question from the reporters.

"Today is a day to send the message of peace and brotherhood and so, I will not be answering any question related to politics," the Janata Dal – U chief said.

Kumar said that like all other years, he prayed for peace and prosperity in Bihar and relief from natural disasters like drought and flood.

While a number of NDA leaders like the Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav, Health Minister Mangal Pandey (all Bharatiya Janata Party leaders), Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chowdhary, Vashisht Narayan Singh, Jay Kumar Singh, Krishnanandan Prasad Verma (all JD-U), Sudhanshu Shekhar (Rashtriya Lok Samata Party), and Pashupati Kumar Paras (Lok Janshakti Party) were present at the Chief Minister's Iftar party, no one from the RJD, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Congress or other opposition parties was present.

Earlier on Sunday, Kumar took part in the Muslim United Front Iftar party hosted at Patna's Anjuman Islamia Hall where politicians like HAM's Jitan Ram Manjhi, Congress' Akhilesh Prasad Singh, and RJD's Bhai Virendra consciously avoided greeting or making eye contact with the Chief Minister.

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