Nitish in Mumbai for ‘Bihar Divas’ celebrations

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar arrived in Mumbai on Saturday evening to attend centenary celebrations of Bihar.

Mumbai: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar
arrived here Saturday evening to attend centenary celebrations of
his state, a day after MNS chief Raj Thackeray withdrew his
threat to disrupt the event slated for Sunday.

Kumar will be the chief guest at the `Bihar Shatabdi
Samaroh Utsav` being organised at `Somaiya Ground` in a city
suburb Sunday evening.

Kumar landed at the airport here from Patna amid
tight security ahead of the planned event that had got
embroiled in a controversy after MNS took exception to his
remark that nobody could prevent him from visiting Mumbai and
that he did not require a visa to visit the city.

The Bihar chief minister had a telephonic talks with
Thackeray yesterday during which he clarified that the event
was purely "socio-cultural" and that it did not have any
political agenda.

"Nitish Kumar told me that he does not want to do
politics over the celebration of 100 years of Bihar`s creation
and that the programme has no political agenda. After this I
have no objection to the event being held in Mumbai,"
Thackeray told reporters after the conversation, ending
apprehensions about peaceful holding of the event.

"Let us see how he (Nitish) celebrates Bihar Din in
Mumbai," MNS chief had said addressing a party rally at
Malegaon on Thursday while referring to Kumar`s reported
statement about he not needing a visa to visit Mumbai.

"Adequate security has been put in place for the
visiting Bihar chief minister. Police force will be deployed
at the programme venue in full strength," an official involved
in the exercise told PTI.

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had also
chaired a meeting of top home and police department officials
yesterday to take stock of the security arrangements for the

Several organisations of Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs
whose saints like the Buddha, Mahavir and Guru Gobind Singh
had association with Bihar, would honour Kumar at the
centenary celebration.

Kumar will also honour public servants, artists and
professionals from Bihar who have distinguished themselves in


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