PATNA: Holi celebrations by politicians in Bihar took on distinctly political colours this time due to the results of the Assembly polls in five states. As expected, grand celebrations were held by BJP leaders in Bihar.
BJP leader Ram Kripal Yadav, the Union minister of state for rural development, celebrated Holi in a unique style along with his supporters at his residence in Patna. After celebrating with both gulal (coloured dust) and liquid colours, he came out on to the street and rode a rickshaw. He made the rickshawpuller sit on the rickshaw and rode it himself as his supporters raised slogans.
“This Holi is very special. This has clearly indicated that the days of vote bank politics and winning elections by fooling the people are on the verge of ending,” said Yadav, MP from Pataliputra constituency in Bihar.
Yadav, who had been a close aide of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for more than a decade and a half, said he is “very sure” that BJP-led NDA would form the government in Bihar in the next Assembly polls by dislodging the state’s three-party grand alliance led by JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar.
Sanjiv Chaurasia, a BJP legislator from Digha near Patna, organised a raucous Holi celebration at his residence and then took out a rally sitting on a bullock cart. Hundreds of BJP supporters were part of this rally and they chanted slogans such as “BJP government in Bihar the next time”.
Senior BJP leaders including former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, leader of Opposition in Assembly Prem Kumar and former minister Nand Kishore Yadav celebrated Holi along with a large number of their supporters at their residences. The BJP state headquarters also witnessed gathering of hundreds of party workers for the occasion.