Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Monday questioned Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's intention to "bow" before Maharashtra [ Images ] Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray [ Images ] to attend Bihar Diwas celebrations in Mumbai [ Images ] on Sunday.
Lalu was also angry over Nitish Kumar's slogan of 'Jai Maharashtra' before saying 'Jai Bihar' at the Bihar Day celeberations. "Nitish has compromised with the prestige and sentiments of Bihar to keep Raj Thackeray happy," the former chief minister said.
Lalu said that never before a Bihar CM did to take clearance from a leader like Raj Thackeray. "Nitish first used his party legislator Devesh Chandra Thakur to visit Raj Thackeray to pacify him and subsequently had telephonic talk with him. Only after that Raj announced that Nitish Kumar is welcome in Mumbai and address the Bihar Diwas function," Lalu said.
"Nitish conceded to all the conditions put by Raj Thackeray," Lalu said.
Other than Lalu, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan [ Images ] also criticized Nitish Kumar for kneeling down before Thackeray for visiting Mumbai.