Patna: A day after he skipped RJD’s foundation day function here, party leader Tejashwi Yadav attended its national executive meeting on Saturday to discuss the worst-ever performance of the party in the Lok Sabha elections. A Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader said that Yadav, along with senior party leaders, was attending the meeting in a posh hotel here where “they would discuss the strategy for 2020 Bihar Assembly elections”. Before attending the meeting, Yadav told the media that the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament on Friday was not in the interest of the country. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Poor will not get any benefit from the Budget,” he said. The former Deputy Chief Minister and younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad was not seen in the public for a month after the RJD-led Grand Alliance was routed in the Lok Sabha polls. Yadav also failed to attend the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Bihar Assembly for first four consecutive days. His absence led to speculations in political circles over his leadership and several opposition leaders demanded his resignation as RJD could not secure even a single seat in the parliamentary polls. But RJD leaders made it clear that Yadav will continue as the Leader of Opposition.
Delegates from BIMSTEC Member States- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand attended the Meeting. Addressing the Meeting President Maithripala Sirisena said that a strong cooperation programme is needed to eradicate poverty in the region and to promote prosperity. The President emphasized on the need for a commitment to eradicate poverty from all of human society and not only in the region. He also said that it is the responsibility of the world’s powerful nations to ensure that no one will starve in the world.The President said that he was pleased to hold the BIMSTEC event in Sri Lanka at a time when the BIMSTEC region is becoming an important player in international geopolitics. Representatives, including the State Minister of Finance and Planning of Bangladesh, Muhammad Abdul Mannan, Bhutan’s Minister of Finance, Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Minister of Internal Affairs of Thailand attended the Meeting.Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage S.B. Dissanayake, Secretary to the Ministry Sriyani Weerakoon and others participated on this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena today called for strong cooperation to eradicate poverty in the region.The Third Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo, today.