The Asian Age

‘Aaya Kumar, gaya Kumar’: Cong slams Nitish

- AGE CORRESPOND­ENT NEW DELHI, JAN. 29

The Congress on Monday took a swipe at Bihar chief Minister Nitish Kumar with another “aaya Kumar, gaya Kumar” jibe at him, a day after the JD(U) leader’s latest volteface in Bihar. “After taking oath, Nitish Kumar ji forgot his ‘muffler’ (scarf) in Raj Bhawan. When he came back halfway to pick up, the governor was shocked that this time not even 15 minutes had passed,” Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said in a post on Twitter.

In another post in Hindi on ‘X’, he said: “Girgit ko bhi karni padi naye rang ki khoj, ye shoorveer badalte hain itne rang roz (even chameleon had to look for a new colour as these “warriors” change many colours everyday).” Later, speaking with reporters in Uttar Dinajpur in West Bengal during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, Mr Ramesh said, “What can I say? I said yesterday ‘aaya Kumar, gaya Kumar’. Nitish Kumar gives a tough competitio­n to a chameleon.”

Mr Ramesh’s swipe was wordplay on the expression “aaya Ram gaya Ram”, which was used widely in politics in the 1990s referring to the frequent floor-crossing and switching of parties. He said Mr Kumar keeps resigning repeatedly and keeps changing his “political colour”.

On Sunday Congress President Mallikarju­n Kharge said he knew it would happen, adding, “There are many people in the country like ‘Aaya Ram-Gaya Ram’. Earlier he and we were fighting together. When I talked to Lalu Ji and Tejashwi, they also said that Nitish is going. If he wanted to stay, he would have stayed but he wants to go. That’s why we already knew this, but to keep the INDIA alliance intact, if we say something wrong, the wrong message will be sent. This informatio­n was already given to us by Lalu Prasad Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav. Today that came true.”

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