Nitish, Advani meeting kicks political storm in Bihar, RJD terms it 'match fixing'

AdvaniBJP veteran L K Advani with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the National Integration Council (NIC) meet. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

The exchange of greetings between BJP veteran L K Advani and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the National Integration Council meeting in Delhi on Monday, the first since the parting of ways of the NDA allies, has kicked up a political storm in the state with RJD terming it as 'match fixing' and JD(U) defending it as 'normal courtesy'.

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As the picture of Advani-Kumar meeting appeared on the TV channels, opposition RJD seized the opportunity and termed it as 'match fixing'.

"We have been saying from the beginning that Nitish Kumar has severed relationship with Narendra Modi BJP but is still with Advani BJP ... The meeting gives ample indication of match fixing between JD(U) and BJP to split the secular votes in the coming Parliamentary elections," RJD Secretary General Ramkripal Yadav told a party function at Nalanda.

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"Advani has been guru to Nitish Kumar ... How can he (Kumar) go away from him ... the separation of the two parties is just a drama to divide secular votes," Yadav said.

Defending Kumar's action, Bihar JD(U) president Bashist Narayan Singh said, "Meeting Advani is part of a normal courtesy. Such practises make the democracy strong."

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Advaniji is among the few surviving veterans of Indian politics ... After working together for so many years what is the harm in wishing one another despite being in separate parties?" he said flaying the opposition for 'politicising everything'.

"We meet people associated with the JP movement despite the fact that some of them are in different parties. What is wrong in it?" he asked.

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