New Delhi: BJP on Friday came out strongly in
support of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his decision
to participate in foundation day celebrations of his state in
Mumbai despite reported objections from Raj Thackeray-led
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
"It has been 100 years since the formation of Bihar and
people from the state living anywhere celebrate this occasion.
Every person from Bihar has the right to celebrate it with
pride anywhere," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
The MP from Bhagalpur, Bihar, said Nitish Kumar will be
attending a cultural programme in Mumbai on April 15 to
celebrate the Foundation Day of his state and nobody has a
right to stop him.
"Those opposing him should look for other avenues and
issues to practice their kind of politics. Kumar has a high
stature and reputation. His boycott is not justified," Hussain
The BJP leader said people of Bihar have slogged for
years in Maharashtra and contributed immensely, along with
people of the state, to its development.
"Hence, nobody should oppose the visit of Nitish Kumar.
This is not good for the unity and integrity of the nation,"
Kumar`s JD(U) is a part of BJP-led NDA coalition. BJP is
also a junior partner in JD(U)-led government in Bihar headed
Though there were reports earlier that MNS may oppose
Kumar`s visit, MNS chief Raj Thackeray clarified today that
there would not be any opposition.