Nitish Kumar knows his game to stay away from ‘haseen sapney’

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ties Rakhi to a tree in Patna

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By Manish Anand

New Delhi, August 12: ‘Mungeri Lal ke haseen sapney’ has for decades been part of popular dialects in Bihar, and this doesn’t apply to a specific group but invariably goes well with a large section of the political class from the state.

While Ram Vilas Paswan was on his death bed in a hospital, his son Chirag Paswan dreamt big to go solo in the 2020 Bihar Assembly elections.

For a few months, Chirag Paswan splurged his wealth to live the character from a film script that wouldn’t have found worthy of the time of a filmmaker.

His ‘haseen sapney’ was broken by a rude jolt given by the people in the mandate after the polls, and whatever had remained for him was also taken away by his uncle Pashupati Paras.

Now, Chirag Paswan is just another spoilt brat.

Yashwant Sinha for years has been nursing ‘haseen sapney’ to teach a lesson to Narendra Modi, who under the advice of Arun Jaitely denied him a berth in the council of ministers in 2014 when the BJP formed the government at the Centre with own majority in the Lok Sabha.

Sinha began writing articles, associated with new political parties, joined the Trinamool Congress, and eventually became a challenger to Droupadi Murmu in President’s election.

Unity among the opposition parties had been so strong that they couldn’t zero in on a candidate whose public life wasn’t spent in the BJP!

Sinha put up a contest for the namesake.

Now, Nitish Kumar wants to unite the opposition parties.

Sometimes back the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had also wanted to unite the opposition parties.

There have been such political ‘saints’ in the past too who wanted to unite the opposition parties.

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda is still living in ‘haseen sapney’.

In Karnataka political circle, mention of his name takes momentary discussion immediately to his health conditions.

Gowda also has been one such ‘saint’ who wanted to unite the opposition parties.

The Bihar chief minister knows that his political world ends in Patna. But it serves him well to deflect accusations of an ‘infidel’ by talking of Opposition unity.

But unlike others, he doesn’t live in ‘haseen sapney’, for he knows that none of the regional parties in the country has any vision to attract the national imagination.

Much political waters have flown in the Ganges since Vishwanath  Pratap Singh cooked the khichdi of Indian politics in 1989.

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