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Tuesday , February 26 , 2013
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Bhishma in House

Bhishma Pitamah reached the Assembly on Monday but refrained from responding to “difficult” questions on the present state of politics.

Actor Mukesh Khanna who brought the character of the great-grandfather of the Pandavas and Kauravas alive on the telly two-and-half-decades back came to the Assembly on the invitation of information and technology minister Shahid Ali Khan.

Although he heaped praise on governance during the Nitish Kumar regime, Khanna denied of having any political ambitions of his own much like his epic avatar. “Putra maine kabhi Hastinapur mein rajniti nahi ki to aab kya karunga (Son, I never did politics in Hastinapur, what will I do now)? In fact all the politicians should learn from the character of Bhishma Pitamah. The politicians should not get attached to their positions and better think about the country and the people,” Khanna told The Telegraph.

Khanna, wearing glasses and a rudraksh mala, praised the development in Bihar and compared it to the lawlessness during the 15 years of Lalu-Rabri regime. He said: “My friend Shahid invited me to the Assembly. While coming from Sitamarhi, the roads were excellent — it shows the sign of development. Nitish ji has done wonderful work and taught others the meaning of true development in the state.”

He added: “The state was ruined for 15 years, people believed in wielding batons instead of pens.”

While leaving, when he was asked who was better for the post of the Prime Minister — chief minister Nitish Kumar or Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi — Khanna again donned the role of the Pitamah. Just like his character refused to choose among his grand nephews, the actor also said: “Putra mujh se iss tarah ke mushkil sawal na kare (Son, do not ask me such difficult questions).”