NEW DELHI -- On the day that Shatrughan Sinha made a contrarian remark about the suspension of Congress Party lawmakers from the Lok Sabha, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party leader could join his party - the Janata Dal (United) - if he wanted to.
That's not all.
On the day that Kumar launched a social media campaign to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making jibes at his "DNA," the BJP lawmaker from Patna thanked the JD(U) leader for calling him the "pride of Bihar."
Responding to a question from HuffPost India on Wednesday about whether he would like Sinha to join the JD(U), Kumar said, "It is his call."
Even though the battle for Bihar between the BJP and JD(U) has intensified over the past month, Kumar and Sinha come across as thick as thieves. Both leaders have publicly praised each other, and their amicable exchanges stand out as oddity in the midst of the heated contest between their parties.
<3/7>Humbled and touched by Nitish ji's glowing compliments..in calling me the pride of Bihar.— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) August 5, 2015
1/7>"Feel unhappy about the developments in the Parliament..& the expulsion of 25 learned MP friends, including one who was not even present— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) August 5, 2015
Meanwhile, Sinha has defied his own party on two key issues: death penalty for Yakub Memon, who was recently hanged for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, and the suspension of 25 Congress Party lawmakers from Lok Sabha on Monday. Last week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that Singh had embarrassed the party by signing a petition which pleaded leniency for Memon.
Sinha has always shared a pleasant equation with Kumar, who he called "PM material" in 2013, and for now, he is holding his cards close to his chest. But the former actor's appeal, which transcends caste lines, makes him an asset for any party, especially during an election campaign.
Speaking to the media after Modi's visit to Bihar, last month, he professed his longstanding loyalty to the BJP and ruled out joining the JD(U). But then, he added, "Kal kisne dekha hai" (who has seen tomorrow).