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Politicians big brands in Bihar

anners portraying chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi are visible in every corner of the busy IT roundabout though there is no major political event in the state capital this month. Few of them, bearing pictures of Nitish, speak about an event in which he participated a week ago, while some congratulate Modi for his upcoming foreign trip to Japan and Canada. odi will be visiting these two countries from September 13. Before that he will go to China to participate in a seminar. “Modiji will be undertaking the trips as the chairperson of the empowered group of finance ministers of the country. There is nothing to boast,” said an onlooker. In Bihar, supporters congratulate politicians on New Year, Diwali, Id, birthdays and even when they go on official visits. “In other state capitals, one will find the hoardings of products. In Bihar, the politicians are the brands,” said a seasoned politician.

Dal cold shoulder

he RJD leaders keen to switch to the JD(U) are having second thoughts after what happened with their party’s Siwan-based leaders Awadh Bihari Choudhary and Ezazul Haque. The duo resigned from the RJD and announced in public that they would joining the JD(U). But they were never taken in the Dal. According to the latest political rumour, the leaders made a futile attempt to join the BJP and are now seeking an entry to the Congress. “We heard that there was a revolt against the entry of these leaders in the JD(U). A section of the Dal leaders put their foot down, saying they had tolerated Shyam Rajak and Ramai Ram joining the party, but would not accept former loyalists of former MP Md Shahbuddin in the party,” said an RJD MLA, stressing that it was better to stick to Lalu than taking the risk of not getting any party.

Out of sight, out of fury

senior IAS officer compelled a junior to exchange seat with him to avert direct eye contact with chief minister Nitish Kumar in the CM's secretariat on Thursday. The senior officer was allotted a seat in the front row of chairs. The IAS officer used his substantial weight to bulldoze the junior officer sitting in the third row to exchange seat with him. The junior officer succumbed to the pressure tactics and sat in the first row. “You have to stay away from the sight of the chief minister,” said the senior officer. Officials said those coming in direct eye contact of the chief minister face the maximum brunt of his anger.

Uncertainties in politics

hief minister Nitish Kumar was talking about the uncertainties of politics at a function recently. “When I joined politics, I never thought I would be a chief minister or an MP. I lost elections twice,” he said. Then, Nitish's attention turned towards octogenarian politician Bhola Prasad Singh, a prominent leader in the 1970s. “Even Bhola Prasad Singh did not visualise that I would one day overshadow him in Bihar politics,” Nitish said. Singh and Nitish belong to the same caste. Singh was the founder member of the Samata Party, but he later switched over to Lalu Prasad’s side to take on Nitish. He eventually rejoined Nitish and was made the vice-chairperson of the Citizens’ Council