Patna: Bollywood actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha Monday claimed he had not been invited by the Bihar government for the state`s first-ever Bihar Day celebrations and would not be attending the official event.
Sinha, a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Patna Sahib, voicing his hurt at not being invited, said: "I will not attend Bihar Divas (Day) celebrations as I am not invited."
The function is being held at Gandhi Maidan here in the evening.
However, state Principal Secretary in the human resource department, Anjani Kumar Singh, said the invitation has been sent to all MPs and legislators. "The government has invited people by publishing an invitation in all local dailies," Singh said.
Former chief ministers Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan and some Janata Dal-United MPs are also unlikely to attend the celebrations.
Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the function in the evening here.
The state government has declared a public holiday to mark the day. "All government offices, including banks, will be closed to mark the celebration," said an official in the chief minister`s office.