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Sushma attacks Meira Kumar for interrupting her in 2013 LS speech

There was new sparking today in the alliance that governs Bihar, with 27-year-old Tejashwi Yadav, who is Deputy Chief Minister of the state, accusing boss Nitish Kumar of blatant opportunism and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi of part-timing in politics.”Grand Alliance between RJD and JD (U) is a mismatch”.The Opposition – Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI), and other parties – met on Thursday to discuss the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) decision on Presidential nominee Ramnath Kovind, following which they announced their candidate.Political observers say that continuation of the alliance was in the interest of all the parties involved in it because of the political situation not only in Bihar but also across the country.He said he would try to influence Nitish by advising him to reconsider his decision but the statement of the CM he made when he stepped out of Lalu’s residence has left no room for any rethinking.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav, Nityanand Rai, Ram Kripal Yadav, Paswan’s son and MP from Jamui Chirag Paswan were among those who were present on the occasion.This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition, Swaraj tweeted along with a link to the over six-minute-long video of her address in April, 2013. Though a positive gesture in support of Ms Swaraj, the BJP leadership grew uncomfortable over the remarks and hence, Ms Sushma Swaraj has to take the cudgils against Meira Kumar.Kumar said, she was fortunate to have been associated, in various ways, with two monumental struggles of India – the struggle to free India from the colonial rule and the fight against the tyranny of caste system – that, she said, still plagues the Indian culture and polity.Spokesperson Sanjay Singh said “We are shocked by this latest statement and it’s unfortunate”.Earlier on Friday, NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination.Ahead of the presidential election, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday targeted former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar using a 2013 video of the Lok Sabha proceedings and a newspaper report.