Watch video: Nitish Kumar greets PM Modi, ignores Kharge; Netizens react

While greeting Prime Minister Modi and BJP President JP Nadda, Nitish Kumar seemingly ignored the presence of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge.

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New Delhi: On Saturday, March 30th, Indian President Droupadi Murmu bestowed the prestigious Bharat Ratna award upon five distinguished individuals at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The recipients included former Prime Ministers Chaudhary Charan Singh and P. V. Narasimha Rao, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, renowned agricultural scientist and architect of the Green Revolution MS Swaminathan, and former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur.

Nitish Kumar's ignorance caught on cam

During the ceremony, a video capturing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's interactions garnered attention. While greeting Prime Minister Modi and BJP President JP Nadda, Nitish Kumar seemingly ignored the presence of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, drawing remarks from onlookers. Despite Kharge's presence, no exchange of greetings occurred between the two leaders.

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Social media users react

The video sparked reactions among netizens, who noted the apparent awkwardness of the encounter. Interestingly, this incident appears to be specific to the Congress party, as a similar viral video from February 2024 depicted Nitish Kumar sharing a cordial interaction with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. This marked a significant moment following Nitish Kumar's political realignment with the NDA.

Similar incidents with Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar's exchange with Lalu Prasad Yadav during the filing of Rajya Sabha nominations underscored a shift in political dynamics in Bihar. Despite their past differences, Nitish Kumar greeted Lalu Prasad with a smile and engaged in a friendly interaction, symbolizing a thaw in their relationship amidst changing political affiliations.

Who are the Bharat Ratna awardees?

The Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor, was conferred upon five individuals this year, marking the highest number of recipients since 1999. Apart from the former Prime Ministers and LK Advani, MS Swaminathan, hailed as the pioneer of the Green Revolution, and former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur were also honored.