Yashwant, Shatru, Lalu to be present at PM’s PU centenary function
Patna,(BiharTimes): Three Old Boys of Patna University––former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Patna Saheb MP Shatrughan Sinha are likely to be present in its centenary function on October 14 in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest. The fourth prominent figure and ex-student is chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Incidentally, all the three are now the bitter critics of the Narendra Modi government. Curiously, two of them are high profile BJP leaders.
Needless to mention Yashwant kicked up a storm when he recently wrote an article against the Modi government’s economic policy. This will be the first time since then that he would be face to face with the PM.
Shatru, who has always been questioning the present government’s style of functioning, was among the first to back Yashwant.
Lalu Prasad’s pathological hatred for the saffron party is known to all.
On the other hand Nitish has a dubious distinction of praising and blasting Narendra Modi. First he publicly applauded Modi government in Gujarat a few months after the infamous riots in 2002.
Eight years later he on June 12, 2010, cancelled the dinner hosted in honour of the BJP bigwigs in Patna. Three years later he snapped ties with the BJP and both Modi and Nitish exchanged some of the choicest political abuses.
Then all out of sudden he applauded demonetization and finally joined hands with the NDA. This would be the first time that he would be sharing dais with Modi after he became the chief minister of the NDA again on July 28, 2017.
What should not be forgotten is that it is Sushil Kumar Modi, also an ex-student of the PU, who played a key role in bringing the JD(U) back to the NDA fold.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be the third to be on the dais besides, state’s new governor Satyapal Malik.
While they would definitely shower praise on each other, Bihar-watchers would keenly observe the three critics. But they would not be on the dais.
Yashwant, a fomer IAS officer, did his PG from PU and even taught here before cracking the prestigious exam in 1960.
Lalu did his Law graduate from Patna Law College while Shatru is a former student of Patna Science College.