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Shatrughan meets Nitish, Lalu

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Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who is not on good terms with BJP presently after being sidelined in recent Bihar elections, has met “dear friends” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad separately.

Sinha, who is the BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib, had a cordial meeting with Prasad at Patna Airport today.

Prasad, accompanied by wife Rabri Devi, exchanged pleasantries with Shatrughan and his elder brother Lakhan Sinha and went for nice photo-op of the interaction.

Sources close to Sinha who were with him at the time said Prasad in a lighter vein patted the ‘Bihari Babu’ for single- handedly taking on the leadership of BJP for trying to sideline him.

“It’s a matter of appreciation that you alone has posed a challenge to BJP leadership,” the RJD supremo said.

Sinha, who is the second term MP from Patna Sahib, had a warm and cordial meeting with Nitish Kumar at a marriage function here last night during which they shared fond memories and affection for each other.

Kumar quipped during meeting, “election time was good that we used to meet very often unlike now. We should meet more frequently,” sources close to Sinha said.

When asked about his meeting with rivals Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, Sinha told PTI “I believe in the maxim ‘once a friend always a friend’.”

“We know each other very well since long and our friendship should not be seen only from political angle…It’s friendship forever,” the actor-turned BJP leader said.

Sinha, a close associate of BJP veteran L K Advani, who is cut up with BJP leadership after being sidelined in the recent Bihar elections, have caused embarrassment to his party on several occasions by meeting Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad and also praising them.

Nitish Kumar had also reciprocated and described Sinha in recent times as “pride of Bihar”.

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