Nitish Kumar that Bihar and Japan shared an ethos which emanated from values of peace, harmony and a deep-rooted affection for tradition and culture.
Nitish Kumar also defended RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat over his remarks comparing Swayamsevaks with the Army, saying there was nothing wrong if a civil organisation spoke about defending the nation’s borders.
Ever since the Grand Alliance, comprising the RJD, JD(U) and Congress, got dismantled, the RJD has gone on the offensive against Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. The attacks got sharpened after Prasad was sentenced to jail in the two fodder scam cases.
“It would not be correct to say that Bihar has been ignored in the Union Budget. The state’s share in tax revenue has been put at Rs 76,000 crore. Our own expectation was much less than that. The decision (for the political realignment) was taken in the interests of Bihar,” said Kumar
“It was obvious that the attackers wanted to target me. I would have been happy to take the blows on myself if they had waited for a few more seconds. But they made haste and ended up injuring officials and policemen,” Nitish Kumar said about the January 12 incident.
“In the health sector, the announcement of a Rs five lakh healthcare cover for 10 crore poor families is a huge initiative. The move would, in effect, benefit about 50 crore people. I congratulate Jaitley on this count as well,” Kumar said.
The move comes following complaints by several NDA legislators that they were not invited to such functions by the local administration.
“Let’s together fight against such evils and eliminate them from our society and establish a new India. I appreciate people from Bihar, the Chief Minister (Nitish Kumar) and the state government for taking such an initiative.”
Tejashwi Prasad Yadav called it political vendetta and said they would move a higher court to challenge the verdict.
Responding to Tejashwi Yadav’s statement alleging conspiracy, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said Lalu Yadav’s conviction in the third fodder scam case was “expected”.
“Human chain anyway is a symbolic function. There is need for sustained campaign against social evils,” said the CM.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s cavalcade was attacked last Friday when he was touring a village in Buxar district as part of his state-wide ‘Vikas Samiksha Yatra’
The human resource department’s January 11 order says: “A human chain is being formed on January 21, 2018, to spread the message of putting an end to child marriage and dowry… This is a big occasion to encourage education among girls and spread the message of putting an end to social evils.”
Besides, the government would also ensure that every locality in the state had ‘pucca’ (metallic) roads and a drainage system, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said.
Cabinet Secretariat Department Special Secretary Upendra Nath Pandey said the state budget for the financial year 2018-19 is likely to be presented on February 27.