JNU Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar was given the red carpet welcome on Saturday after he arrived in his home state in Bihar for a two-day visit.
Kanhaiya, who hails from Bihar’s Begusarai district, is returning to his native state for the first time since being released from Tihar jail after being arrested on sedition charges.
Kanhaiya, according to PTI, met both the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.
The Bihar government’s decision to accord him the red carpet welcome did not go down well with the BJP, which described it a ‘day of shame’ for the state.
Defending the welcome, state minister and Bihar PCC president Ashok Choudhary said Kanhaiya was a native of the state and since he was attacked earlier in Delhi and elsewhere it was proper to provide him fulproof security to avoid any such recurrence.
Later, the JNUSU president attacked the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for growing intolerance in the country.
He said, “Intolerance has increased in the country in the past two years under BJP government.”
On total ban on liquor in Bihar, he said ideally it would have been left to individual freedom whether to drink or not.
“But in larger context considering domestic violence due to alcohol in households in a state like Bihar ban is right.”
Shatrughan Sinha, whom Kanhaiya wanted to meet but could not as he was away in Jaipur, wished a “great future” for the JNUSU president. Sinha told PTI from Jaipur: “I would have loved to meet him (Kanhaiya).”