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Warring members patch up

Patna, July 25: JDU and BJP members of the Legislative Council today put up a rare display of camaraderie following the acrimonious scenes of the past few days when they abused and threatened to physically assault each other.

Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi stressed on the need for maintaining the dignity of the House and expressed hope that such incidents would not recur. He praised his predecessor Nitish Kumar, who wasn’t present in the House, and even lauded leader of the Opposition Sushil Kumar Modi for his parliamentary skills.

Modi, on his part, expressed regret that an unwanted incident had taken place in the Council and said that though he may have political differences, he shared a relationship of over 40 years with some JDU leaders, including Nitish.

Modi, however, did not apologise for the charge he made against Nitish that the former chief minister had incited JDU member Sanjay Singh to use abusive language against him. Modi did, however, join JDU leaders in appealing to Nitish not to stay away from the House.

The appeal appeared to have softened Nitish, who went to the Council later.

Modi, however, puzzled JDU members when he hailed the party president, Sharad Yadav, as one of his “political gurus”.