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Narendra Modi`s birthday celebrated in Bihar; Nitish Kumar stays mum

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 13:51

Zee Media Bureau

Patna: BJP leaders and workers in Bihar on Tuesday organised `yagna` and cut cakes to celebrate the party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi`s 64th birthday.

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar abstained from wishing Modi on his birthday. When asked if he has congratulated Modi, Nitish kept quiet. However, Janata Dal (United) spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member KC Tyagi extended "heartiest wishes" to Modi and wished for his long life.

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A large number of BJP workers, led by senior leaders Sanjay Paswan and Giriraj Singh, visited a temple here and performed a special yagna amid chanting of vedic hymns by the priests to seek well being of the Gujarat Chief Minister on the occasion of his 64th birthday, party sources said.

The BJP leaders later cut a cake and distributed it among the gathered audience.

At another function held in the Bihar BJP office, another cake was cut by the party leaders to mark the occasion.

The Janata Dal (United) ended its 17-year-long association with the BJP earlier in June this year citing differences over Modi`s elevation as the poll panel chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Nitish Kumar had on Saturday disapproved Modi`s anointment as the BJP`s prime ministerial candidate, saying the nation will never accept such divisive elements.

"Whatever we said earlier has now come as the truth. We knew this will happen. And since it was not acceptable to us, we pulled out of the NDA alliance," Nitish told media in Patna.

"Let them rejoice, but the people of the country will never accept such divisive elements. Their view is not to unite and strengthen the country, but to weaken the country," he added.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 13:34

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