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'Munna' receives hearty welcome at home

To the rest of the world he is Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, but for this small town of Bakhtiyarpur he is just "Munna".

india Updated: Nov 25, 2005 16:43 IST

To the rest of the world he is Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, but for this small town of Bakhtiyarpur he is just "Munna".

The town, 55 km from state capital Patna, gave a rousing welcome when its son arrived in Bakhtiyarpur a day after assuming charge of the state.

Kumar, accompanied by his teacher wife Manju Kumari Sinha and son Nishant, was greeted by a delirious crowd beating drum and shouting 'Nitish Kumar zindabad'.

Kumar, who visited his home for the first time after becoming Chief Minister, went straight into his brother Satish Kumar's house to seek the blessing of his mother Parmeshwari Devi.

"Maa ke ashirwad mein badi shakti hoti hai. Main woh lene aaya hoon. (there is great strength in mother's blessings and have come to receive it)," Kumar said after his nonagenarian mother held him in tight embrace, her eyes filled with tears and heart with pride.

"Deerghayu Howa (may you live long)" Parmeshwari Devi blessed her son in "magahi", the local dialect.

Thousands of people had gathered on the streets since early morning as the news came that "Munnaji" was coming home.

Asked how he felt at being here, Kumar shot back asking "Aapko kaisa lagega apnon ke beech aane mein"? Bahut achcha lag raha hai. (how would you feel on being among your own people? it feels great)".

A beaming Satish Kumar, his elder brother, and an Ayurvedic Doctor, was seen welcoming guests and distributing 'laddus' to them.

Nitish Kumar came out on the balcony of the house waving to his "very own people" who showered flower petals and marigold garlands on him.

First Published: Nov 25, 2005 16:43 IST