Modi arrives in Patna; warm welcome from Nitish with ‘red rose’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed at the Patna Airport only to be handed over a red rose by the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was present there along with officials to welcome Modi. It need be mentioned that the two leaders are meeting for the first time after Nitish’s party Janata Dal United left the RJD-Congress alliance to join in the BJP fold in state. PM Modi is visiting Patna to attend the centenary celebrations of Patna University. The country’s seventh oldest university located on the banks of the river Ganga, completed 100 years on October 1. Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also participate in the celebrations. The university’s famous alumni and BJP leaders-turned-critics Shatrughan Sinha and Yashwant Sinha, however, might not attend the event. Vice-Chancellor Ras Bihari Prasad Singh had also invited the former finance minister, who graduated from the institution with a degree in political science and also taught here, but Mr Sinha has not indicated whether he will attend. The Vice Chancellor said that even if Mr Sinha attends the function, he may not be seated near the PM whose office and security clear all arrangements including seating plans for the stageHe claimed that RJD president Lalu Yadav, too, wasn’t invited. The Vice Chancellor blamed the delay in printing of invitation cards for the confusion. “They are very much on our guest list,” he said. “We are going to organise a mega event for the centenary on December 10 in which all former students of the university will be invited,” he added.

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