Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday wished speedy recovery to his arch rival Lalu Prasad, who has been rushed to New Delhi following marked deterioration in well being and with whom he has shared a love- hate relationship for shut to 5 many years.
The JD(U) de facto chief additionally rued the truth that he now had to stay content material with information concerning the ailing RJD supremo gathered from newspapers since his telephonic enquiries concerning the latters well being within the latest previous had triggered an argument.
“It is my fervent wish that he gets well as soon as possible”, Kumar advised reporters right here when requested about Prasad whom he had dethroned in 2005, lower than twenty years after having supported his ascent within the states politics.
The chief minister was speaking to journalists exterior the JD(U) state headquarters right here, the place he had gone to pay tributes to former Chief Minister and OBC stalwart Karpoori Thakur on his start anniversary.
Both Kumar and Prasad contemplate Thakur to be their political guru. With a touch of remorse in his voice, Kumar added “I used to frequently call up his personal attendants and enquire about his well being when he had similarly fallen ill in 2018. So many things were said about me because of that”.
Notably, in 2017 Kumar had abruptly walked out of the coalition he had shaped with the RJD and the Congress and shaped a brand new authorities with the BJP.
The tender nook he displayed for Prasad throughout his sickness had triggered speculations that he was feeling uneasy within the BJP-led coalition and looking for a rapprochement with the RJD chief. Their bitter rivalry however, Kumar has typically displayed his particular person affection for Prasad in opposition to whom he pulls no punches within the political area.
Recently, whereas admonishing his son Tejashwi Yadav for impudence on the chief minister had underscored that he has been too charitable with the 31 years previous, who was additionally his former deputy, as a result of he was “mere bhai samaan dost ka beta” (the son of a pal, expensive to me like a brother).
Replying to queries concerning the states finances for the subsequent monetary 12 months, which is scheduled to be tabled within the meeting on February 22, the chief minister stated the folks of Bihar could look ahead to extra improvement and lots of new schemes moreover completion of the present ones.