Patna: Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha is "happy" that his "friend and brother" Nitish Kumar has become the new JD(U) president.
"I am very happy to hear the elevation of Nitish Kumar as president of JD(U)," Sinha told PTI while commenting at the political development in JD(U).
"Nitish Kumar has gained popularity through his progressive policies. I see great hope in him becoming a national here," Sinha, the second consecutive term BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib, said.
"His elevation is timely and will have a positive impact on national politics," Sinha popularly known as 'Bihari Babu', said in praise of the Bihar Chief Minister.
The senior BJP leader said his appreciation of Kumar was out of him being a son of the soil.
"Elevation of Nitish Kumar as president is an internal matter of the JD(U)," the BJP MP also said.
Upset at being ignored in the Bihar Assembly polls, Sinha had embarrassed the BJP during the polls by warmly meeting Nitish Kumar and RJD president Lalu Prasad, though on several occasions he had said it was personal and not political.
Sinha's biography "Anything but Khamosh" was launched in Patna by Nitish Kumar. Lalu Prasad also graced the function, but no BJP leader was spotted at the venue.
Nitish Kumar has also on numerous times praised Sinha by calling him the "pride of Bihar."