Yash­want, Sha­tru lobby to share dais with PM at Patna event

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from Patna Sa­heb, Sha­trughan Sinha, apart from sev­eral other Union min­is­ters who had stud­ied in the univer­sity. “We can only ac­com­mo­date a lim­ited num­ber of peo­ple on the stage as per pro­to­col. As of now, the Prime Min­is­ter, Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar, the Gover­nor and the Vice Chan­cel­lor of the univer­sity along with Union min­is­ters J.P. Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ash­wini Choubey, Ram Vi­las Paswan, who are all alumni of the Patna Univer­sity, will be on stage along with the state ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Kr­ishna Nan­dan Verma. Yash­want Sinha and Sha­trughan Sinha have been in­vited as they stud­ied in the univer­sity, but they are not sup­posed to share the dais with the PM and the CM,” said a univer­sity of­fi­cial, who is a mem­ber of the in­vi­ta­tion com­mit­tee.

Of­fi­cials said that the Patna Univer­sity Vice Chan­cel­lor has re­ceived mul­ti­ple re­quests from both Sha­trughan Sinha and Yash­want Sinha, seek­ing a place on the stage with the PM— the lat­est re­quest was made on Fri­day evening when the in­vi­ta­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers were hold­ing a meet­ing. While Yash­want Sinha was a stu­dent in Patna Col­lege, Sha­trughan Sinha stud­ied at the Science Col­lege. Both of them have spo­ken to the VC, but have not re­ceived any as­sur­ances from him.

For­mer Union Health Min­is­ter and se­nior BJP leader C.P. Thakur, who too is an alum­nus of Patna Univer­sity, has been in­vited for the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion, but has not made any such de­mands on the in­vi­ta­tion com­mit­tee.

Yash­want Sinha, who has served in sev­eral se­nior party po­si­tions and as min­is­ter in gov­ern­ment, and who is now a mem­ber of the BJP “Margdar­shak Man­dal”, has been vent­ing his ire at the Prime Min­is­ter from dif­fer­ent plat­forms.

Sim­i­larly, Sha­trughan Sinha, who has been ques­tion­ing the func­tion­ing of the BJP gov­ern­ment since long, re­cently took to Twit­ter to at­tack the Prime Min­is­ter, urg­ing him to ap­pear before the press and an­swer real ques­tions. “Hope, wish and pray that our PM will at least once in a while show that he takes care of the mid­dle class, the traders, small busi­nesses all across the coun­try and spe­cially in Gu­jarat in the wake of the com­ing as­sem­bly elec­tions,” Sha­trughan Sinha tweeted re­cently.

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