Express News Service
PATNA: The Lok Janshakti Party (Chirag group) might be not in good political terms with the ruling BJP in Bihar after the last assembly elections but BJP’s one of the senior most leader and former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi came out in support of installation of statue of veteran leader and founder of LJP Ram Vilas Paswan.
A day before Modi’s coming out in support of Paswan’s statue in Patna, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had demanded the installation of Paswan’s statue in Patna.
This turn of support, albeit without naming Tejashwi Yadav for his demand on the same, Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday took everyone in NDA by their suprise demanding statue of Ram Vilas Paswan in Patna.
“Considering the contribution and big role played by Ram Vilas Paswan in the development and national politics of Bihar, his statue should be installed in Patna,” Modi said in a series of tweets from his official Twitter handle.
Political experts in Patna were also surprised on the events as for the first time the junior Modi from Bihar has never ]directly or indirectly supported any statement on the demand of leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav.
Modi is considered the die hard opposed to Lalu Yadav’s family in Bihar politics.
Modi went a step further from Tejashwi Yadav with the demand of State function on the birth anniversary of late Ram Vilas Paswan owing to Paswan’s struggle and continuous fight for the advancement of Dalits.
“Paswan never did politics of hate and he was the main architect of NDA politics. He served the country under the successful government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi,” he said, adding that Bihar can never forget his contribution as Railway Minister also.
He said that on the first anniversary of a leader like Paswan, people from all parties and sections should pay tribute to him. “There should be no politics on this,” he said obliquely, taking a jibe on Tejashwi Yadav recent few statements.
Modi on the eve of Paswan’s first death anniversary said that Paswan after the lifting of emergency in 1977, had made a record of winning by the highest margin of votes.
Modi’s statements have come at a time when Chirag Paswan, the son of late Ram Vilas Paswan, himself met all BJP leaders and invited them on the death anniversary on Sunday.
CM Nitish Kumar has also been invited but whether he would go or not is still not confirmed. Chirag Paswan had sought time from Nitish Kumar, that was not given to him.
Recently, Chirag Paswan also met RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Delhi and invited him.
Lalu’s statements of assuring all supports to Chirag Paswan had sent the NDA leaders, especially the JDU MLAs, into a political tizzy.
Now, Modi’s support for statue of Paswan in Patna has sparked a debate inside the NDA with a speculation about growing ideological and political differences between BJP and JDU.