Questioning the welcome accorded by the Nitish Kumar government to a person charged with sedition, opposition BJP said it was a day of shame for the state
PATNA — Nitish Kumar government in Bihar on Saturday rolled out the red carpet for JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar who is on his first visit to his home state after release from jail on charge of sedition, reported PTI.
Kanhaiya was escorted by the policemen at the airport on his arrival from New Delhi and the JNUSU president moved with a convoy of security personnel in the capital.
Kanhaiya hails from Begusarai district of Bihar.
He is on a two-day tour of his home state and met both Nitish Kumar and RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav.
The two leaders had supported him when he was sent to Tihar jail on sedition charge and the JNUSU president met them at their residences.
The high-profile welcome to JNUSU president triggered reaction from political parties.
Questioning the welcome accorded by the Nitish Kumar government to a person charged with sedition, opposition BJP said it was a day of shame for the state.
Defending the welcome, state minister and Bihar PCC president Ashok Choudhary said Kanhaiya was a native of the state and since he was attacked earlier in Delhi and elsewhere it was proper to provide him fulproof security to avoid any such recurrence.
His party colleague and minister Madan Jha also echoed similar views.
JD(U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar cited attack on Kanhaiya in Patiala court for the security cover provided to him.
Later, the JNUSU president attacked the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for growing intolerance in the country.
“Intolerance has increased in the country in the past two years under BJP government.”
On total ban on liquor in Bihar, he said ideally it would have been left to individual freedom whether to drink or not.
“But in larger context considering domestic violence due to alcohol in households in a state like Bihar ban is right.”
Shatrughan Sinha, whom Kanhaiya wanted to meet but could not as he was away in Jaipur, wished a “great future” for the JNUSU president.
Sinha told PTI from Jaipur: “I would have loved to meet him (Kanhaiya).”
The actor-politician had voiced support for him when leaders of BJP, to which he belongs, were attacking him in a case of sedition and had disagreed to call the student leader an anti-national.
Sinha, who is not on good terms with his party after being sidelined in Bihar assembly poll, had tweeted in favour of Kanhaiya when he was sent to jail on charge of sedition by the NDA government.