PATNA: It was entirely a different “Holi” in the Bihar’s corridors of power this time.
While RJD chief Lalu Prasad appeared to be a “gentleman” trying hard to be a bit serious unlike other occasions when he would openly indulge in tearing clothes of his colleagues to celebrate the Holi in his typical style, his elder son and health minister Tej Pratap Yadav looked like stepping into father’s shoes.
This was the first Holi after the RJD returning to power for the first time in a decade and this found Prasad a different man this time. Well he enjoyed a dance programme organized at his residence at 10, Circular Road but he refrained from indulging in ‘cheap acts’ this Holi.
Instead, he wore a different persona—welcoming guests, applying ‘gulal’ on their foreheads and offering them to sit and enjoy the dance and delicacies. There was a strict ‘No’ to “kurat-faad’ Holi from his side which apparently disappointed his supporters who had hoped his master’s spirit would be quite higher given the fact that not only his party had returned to power after a decade but also both his sons have become ministers in the new government.
Unlike Prasad, his elder son Tej Pratap, however, was seen welcoming guests with splash of colours and tearing their ‘clothes’ in merriment. His younger brother Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, also a deputy chief minister in the government, however, looked quite reserved.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, on the other hand, played Holi with ‘flowers petals’ and gulal, wearing a turban on his head. Kumar has adopted this style for the past few years which has bemused his supporters since caps too are available to cover one’s head.
Also, both Prasad and Kumar reached each other’s home and exchanged Holi greetings.