RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, Governor Ram Nath Kovind and several other political heavyweights today attended the Iftar party hosted by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his official residence in Patna.
Lalu Yadav was accompanied by his wife Rabri Devi and both his minister sons Tejaswi and Tej Pratap. Congress state president and education minister Askok Chowdhary was also present at the Iftar.
Lalu used the occasion to showcase the unity in the grand alliance and dismiss reports of any kind of rift between him and Nitish, especially after several corruption charges of amassing ‘benami’ properties of more than Rs 1,000 crore have been leveled on him and his family members.
“Nitish Kumar threw Iftar party today. My family participated in it. I pray to God to give more power to Nitish Kumar. The grand alliance in Bihar is intact and will remain so,” said Lalu Yadav.
“I greet the people of the state on the holy month of Ramzaan. Today’s Iftar was thrown by the Bihar government and I thank all guests for attending. On this occasion, I pray that everyone in Bihar lives in peace and harmony and Bihar develops,” said Nitish Kumar.
This year, however, Nitish Kumar kept the guest list limited to select few. According to sources, the guest list was restricted because of the inauguration of a new hall ‘Nek Samvaad’ where the Iftar party was held. The new hall was constructed at the same location in the 1 Anne Marg official residence where Nitish used to hold his weekly janta durbar.