Patna: Eager to utilize the opportunity to target Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the centenary celebrations in Mumbai, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Monday said that the JD(U) leader has "hurt the prestige and sentiments of Bihar" by kneeling down before MNS leader Raj Thackeray.
   
Apparently referring to the Chief Minister's emissary Devesh Chandra Thakur who conveyed to Thackeray that the programme was purely socio-cultural and politics was not on the agenda, Prasad accused Kumar of "hurting the prestige of Bihar".
   
"Nitish has hurt the prestige and sentiments of Bihar by kneeling down before Thackeray and his conditions on his visit to Mumbai," Prasad told reporters here.
   
"Nitish conceded all the conditions put by Raj Thackerary for attending the Bihar Divas programme in Mumbai on Sunday," Prasad claimed.
   
Stating that Bihar is known for its glorious past, the former Bihar Chief Minister said, "We should not buckle under pressure and kneel before anyone's diktat."
   
He also criticised Devesh Chandra Thakur, a ruling JD(U) MLC, for allegedly 'stage-managing' a truce between Kumar and Thackeray.
   
Prasad alleged that Kumar was celebrating Bihar Divas overlooking poverty and deterioration in law and order in the state.

Lalu criticises Mamata in Prof episode
   
Moreover, Lalu termed the arrest of a Jadavpore University Professor for posting a cartoon on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as an assault on the freedom of expression.
   
"People make my cartoons to which I have never objected. It is an assault on the freedom of expression," the former Bihar Chief Minister told reporters here.
   
"I strongly condemn it. Something very bad has taken place in West Bengal," he said.

(JPN/Agencies)