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NDA leaders in Bihar treat themselves to 'dahi chura' feasts on Makar Sankranti

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Leaders of the ruling NDA in on Monday sought to project an image of bonhomie as they treated themselves to sumptuous helpings of dahi-chura (curd and flattened rice) as part of festivities.

Nitish Kumar, his deputy and moved from one venue to another to join the feast hosted by leaders of the three NDA constituents in a display of unity.

BJP, JD(U) and LJP have already announced seat-sharing among them for the coming Lok Sabha election in

At the state headquarters, its founding accorded a warm welcome to Lalji Tandon, Kumar and Deputy Modi.

Paswan was joined by his son and LJP and brothers and Pashupati Kumar Paras, in government respectively, in welcoming the guests, who were also treated to other delicacies prepared with jaggery and til (sesame), consumption of which is believed to be auspicious on this day.

Kumar and Modi also attended a similar function hosted by Vashishtha Narayan Singh, member and state of the JD(U), which is headed by the chief minister.

Appearance of and former state at the function raised some eyebrows though both the leaders insisted that they had personal relations with the host, a who has been organising feasts on for years.

The political grapevine, nevertheless, remained abuzz with many people recalling the appearance of MLC and former state unit chief at last year's feast which was followed, less than a couple of months later, by his joining the JD(U) along with two other members of the legislative council.

Feasts were also hosted by several other leaders in various parts of the city, notable among these being the one hosted by BJP MLC Rajnish Kumar where besides Kumar and Modi, Paswan figured among the guests.

Paswan also turned up at the bhoj organised by senior BJP leader and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, intra-party rivalry took a backseat as he was seen greeting Modi with a warm hug and an ear-to-ear grin.

The festivities were conspicuous by their absence in the opposition camp, with most leaders heading their respective parties remaining out of the state capital.

The RJD has been giving celebrations a slip since last year after its Lalu Prasad, who is credited with having made the tradition of chura bhoj popular as a political gesture, was jailed.

His wife had made it clear last week that there would be no celebration this year and their younger son spent the day in Lucknow, expressing solidarity with the SP-BSP alliance.

organised a feast for children in his native village of in district while spent the day attending functions in Gaya.

State president said his party would hold a feast on Tuesday.

According to astrological calculations, the Sun this year enters the Tropic of Capricorn on January 15, though traditionally people have been observing the festival on January 14.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 20:20 IST