An invitation by Bihar JD(U) to state BJP leaders for a 'Makar Sankranti' feast on Sunday has caused bad blood in the ruling grand alliance with BPCC president and minister Ashok Choudhary indicating he would give it a miss.
The invitation to the traditional 'chura-dahi' (flattened rice and curd) feast from JD(U) state president to BJP, the first since 2013 when the two parted ways, comes against the backdrop of apparently growing bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Sushil Kumar Modi, former deputy chief minister and top state BJP leader, who skipped a feast thrown by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Saturday, said he would be attending the one being hosted by Singh, triggering speculation about the two former allies warming up to each other.
Modi also used the natural phenomenon that is associated with Makar Sankranti, which marks the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn), to hint at a possible change in the political equations in the state. "During Makar Sankranti, the sun changes direction from south to north. Like change in weather, change in politics could never be ruled out. Who knows what will happen tomorrow,” he said.