Patna, May 25: Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi finally decided this evening to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony as Prime Minister in New Delhi tomorrow.
Till late this afternoon, uncertainty loomed over the chief minister’s attendance despite Manjhi acknowledging an invitation from Modi.
However, officials of the chief minister’s secretariat expressed their ignorance over Manjhi attending the function and said a prior appointment had been given to Miloslav Stašek, ambassador of the Czech Republic to India, on Monday.
On the other hand, the JD(U) decided to send the party’s national general secretary, K.C. Tyagi, to attend the ceremony. “I have been authorised by both Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav to represent the party at the function,” Tyagi said.
In the political melee, the BJP leaders have taken this opportunity to turn their guns towards Nitish. “By going to the swearing-in ceremony, Jitan Ram Manjhi can create an image for himself that he is independent of Nitish and hot just his ‘Yes’ man,” said BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.
Sushil added that Manjhi, by going to the function, could prove that he wanted to give a positive start to the relationship between the Bihar government and the central one.
On the eve of the swearing-in ceremony, Nitish wrote another post on his Facebook in which he expressed his good wishes for the new government at the Centre. He has expressed the hope that the new government would release adequate funds to Bihar for completion of central projects.