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Shatrughan Sinha chooses RJD's Iftaar party over JD(U)'s

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Shatrughan Sinha today attended an hosted by here, triggering speculations about his future political move.

The Iftaar at Yadav's 5, Circular Road residence coincided with a similar feast for "rozedars" held at the Haj Bhavan, which was organized by the ruling (United) in and where the remained conspicuous by his absence.

"It is an auspicious and happy occasion. Iftaar parties are a part of our composite culture. Lalu Prasad (RJD supremo) is my dear friend. I am delighted to be among my family friends," Sinha told reporters.

Asked why he skipped the Iftaar hosted by the JD(U), the claimed he did not have knowledge of the Haj House function.

Asked whether his presence at a function hosted by an while skipping the one hosted by an ally of his party could lead to bitterness, he asserted "iftaar only sweetens relationships".

When pressed further by journalists, he responded with his trademark - Khamosh!

The spent close to half an hour at Yadav's residence, where Lalu Prasad - sentenced for fodder scam cases and currently out on bail for medical treatment - was, however, not present.

Restrained by the - which had granted him provisional bail - from interacting with the media and makig political statments, the former Minister has avoided making appearances in the public.

Speaking on the occasion, - who is the RJD heir apparent - regretted his absence at the Iftaar hosted by in and said "our programme had been decided long ago so I could not be present there. But our member is representing our party and I hope that the Iftaar at sends out a strong message in favour of opposition unity".

Tejashwi's elder brother Yadav, MLA, and eldest sister were also present at the Iftaar, seeking to put to rest recent speculations about sibling rivalry that was triggered by a tweet from

"never said that he had a problem with his brother or sister. It was a creation of the media. Today all the mischief-mongers have got a reply seeing all of us together", told reporters.

At the JD(U) iftaar, Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, and Lok Janshakti Party and state JD(U) chief Bashistha Narayan Singh, JD(U) MLC - who made the prepartions - and state BJP were among those who attended.

Dissident RJD MLA Maheshwar Yadav also turned up at the JD(U) iftaar and showered praises on the

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 22:15 IST