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Cong leader attends Sankranti feast hosted by JD(U) president

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Rebel Ashok Choudhary today caused ripples in political circles here when attended a feast hosted by JD(U) Bashishtha Narayan Singh, a day after he was conspicuous by his absence at a meeting of legislators belonging to his party.

Talking to reporters at the residence of Singh, Choudhary, a former of Pradesh Committee said "I have been close to Dada (Singh) for long and I have come here because of our personal relationship. A political colour ought not to be given to everything".

However, in reply to a query on future political scenario, Choudhary who was accompanied by two other MLAs Dilip Choudhary and Munna Tiwari - cryptically remarked "there are no full stops in politics".

Choudhary was a in the Grand Alliance which consisted of the JD(U), the RJD and the Congress and is known to be close to Nitish Kumar.

Congress faction close to Lalu Prasad's RJD has been accusing Choudhary of trying to split the party with the help of his supporters, which led to his removal as the state unit a few months ago.

Yesterday at a meeting convened by Congress Legislature Party Sadanand Singh, Choudhary was conspicuous by his absence though his close aides maintained that it was because he was out of station and returned to only late in the night.

However, party sources also claimed that besides Choudhary nearly a dozen other legislators uncomfortable with the Congress' unflinching support to RJD in the aftermath of Lalu Prasad's conviction in the fodder scam skipped the meeting.

Meanwhile, the day witnessed feasts of "chura" (flattened rice) "dahi" (curd) and "tilkut" (sweet made of sesame mixed with jaggery) organised by various constituents of the BJP-led

The attended the one hosted by his party's state before heading for the Lok Janshakti Party Office where he was received by Ram Vilas Paswan and chief

The feast hosted by Paswan was also attended by senior BJP and Deputy and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who heads the Hindustani Awam Morcha.

The chief minister also attended another feast organized by BJP MLC Rajnish.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 18:30 IST