Shakuni Chowdhary Emerges from Political Retirement

Shakuni Chowdhary with BJP leaders in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: Former MP and legislator Shakuni Chowdhary who publicly announced his retirement from active politics in 2015 following his loss in the state elections to a JD-U candidate, appears to be slowly creeping back into active politics by hobnobbing with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Friday indicating he was open to the idea of joining the saffron party if the BJP was willing to accept him.

Chowdhary, appearing at a function in honor of his 83rd birthday organized by the BJP at the Vidyapati Bhawan in Patna, said he was touched by the honor bestowed upon him by the BJP leaders including Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, party state president Nityanand Rai, and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey and he was, at the demand of his large number of supporters, reconsidering joining politics in the interest of Bihar.

The former Samata Party leader who was also a member of the Lalu-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for many years before joining hands with Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) only to lose his bid for re-election from Tarapur seat in Munger at the hands of Janata Dal – U candidate Mewalal Chowdhary, expressed his thanks to the BJP leader for organizing his 83rd birthday bash at such a scale and offered his services to the party in the event they thought he could be of any help in winning Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.

Speaking on the occasion, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, said that Shakuni Chowdhary was an experienced politician and social worker who would be an asset to any party.

Modi then turned his attention towards Rahul Gandhi saying Congress was resorting to lies and peddling untruths to corner the BJP on Rafale arms deal issue.

"Despite proven wrong many times over, the Congress continues to talk about the so-called irregularities in the Rafale deal between Indian and French government. They are trying to stop Narendra Modi, the son of a poor man, from becoming the Prime Minister a second time. However, even ten jackals are not enough for one lion and therefore, their bid to defeat the BJP would be foiled by the people of India. The man who stood up to China and taught a lesson to Pakistan is going to be re-elected as that is what the voters have already made up their mind for," Sushil Kumar Modi said.

Exuding with confidence, the BJP leader said that in 2009 the NDA in Bihar was made up of only the BJP and the JD-U and yet it won at 32 seats.

"Today we have leaders like Ram Vilas Paswan and Shakuni Chowdhary. I don't think anyone can stop the NDA's victory procession in Bihar," he said.

Modi also said that no one could stop the BJP from building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya despite Congress' attempt to drag the case in the court for as long as it could.


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