Aspiring to regain the chief minister’s chair in Bihar, Lalu Prasad created a scene — and delayed a flight by 30 minutes — after he found archrival Nitish Kumar had beaten him to the coveted 1A business class seat on an Air India flight on Saturday.
The leaders were flying from Delhi to Patna after their respective engagements in the national capital.
Prasad, who boarded the plane a minute before its departure, was allotted another window seat in the front row while Bihar Chief Minister Kumar apparently took no notice of the ruckus and dozed on his seat. He had pipped Prasad to the seat five minutes earlier.
To the dismay of other passengers and the crew, Prasad created a fuss about his seat not reclining properly, upbraided the airhostess and threatened to take up the matter with the higher authorities. As a result, the flight took off 30 minutes late as Prasad grumped and grouched about his seat.
Sources said that unlike earlier occasions, Kumar and Prasad did not even exchange pleasantries on this flight.
Back in Patna, Prasad told mediapersons, “I did not disturb him (Kumar). I will sleep only after removing this government.”
“From the No. 1 political seat in the state to the prime seat in the aircraft, it is a fight for superiority all the way for the incumbent chief minister and the rival,” a co-passenger told Hindustan Times on Sunday.