Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi sang a few lines from the film "Anari".
Uncertainty is growing over Jitan Ram Manjhi's continuation as the Chief Minister of Bihar, as the leaders of Bihar's ruling Janta Dal (United) and RJD chief Lalu Prasad meet in Delhi today. Even JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who had backed Mr Manjhi for the top job, refused to give any assurance on the matter.
"Who am I to give such assurance?" Mr Kumar said at the Patna airport this morning when questioned on the issue. He was leaving for Delhi, where he is meeting JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav and Mr Prasad.
The grand alliance between the JD(U), Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal and Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party is being worked out to keep the BJP at bay in Bihar. There is speculation that Mr Prasad may call for a change in chief ministership in the run-up to the assembly polls that are to be held later this year.
Handpicked by Nitish Kumar for the top job a few months ago, Mr Manjhi has repeatedly embarrassed Mr Kumar and the party with his indiscrete comments on a range of issues.
Mr Manjhi, though, rejected the speculation that Mr Kumar and the RJD chief might think of replacing him.
"They had given me the responsibility of running the government and it is their job to look after the party," he said today. "I will continue working under their leadership."
Then, in the most creative defence of his controversial statements, Mr Manjhi even sang a few lines from the film "Anari": "Sab kucha sikha maine na sikhi hosiyari , sach hain duniya walon hum hain anari (I have learnt everything except how to be clever, I am just a novice)".