Jitan Ram Manjhi, who was earlier seen as a trusted lieutenant of Nitish Kumar, had revolted when he was asked by the JD(U) leadership to resign from the Chief Minister’s post within less than a year of assuming office.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, however, took a swipe at the Congress for the continued suspense over Gandhi’s elevation, saying “We had heard of this (Rahul becoming Congress president) even when we were together in the Grand Alliance.”
Kumar said that he had raised the issue several times in Parliament when he was an MP. The state government too had placed its demand in this regard with the Centre earlier.
The two were sharing the stage at the centenary celebrations of Patna University, their first joint public meeting in the state since the JD(U) joined hands with the NDA three months ago.
Modi announced a Rs 10000-crore corpus for development of top Indian universities so as to bring them at par with world-class institutions, bypassing CM Nitish Kumar’s request.
This will also be the first time that JD(U) chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar shares stage with Modi after his return to the NDA fold. The last time Nitish shared stage with Modi as a part of NDA was at a 2009 rally in Haryana.
The cabinet gave its approval during a meeting presided by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Cabinet Secretariat Department Special Secretary Upendra Nath Pandey told reporters.
The statement comes soon after Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey said at a Patna function that AIIMS in Delhi remains crowded because of a large number of people from Bihar visiting the capital for treatment.
Over six lakh members of self-help groups, aanganwadi centre members, UNICEF teams and artistes will spread awareness through pamphlets, seminars, public interactions and nukkad natak.
Infighting within the Bihar Congress came to the fore in Patna on Monday when the members of rival factions reportedly came to blows at the meeting convened by the Pradesh Congress Committee.
Nitish said, “Real socialists do not support corruption and dynasty. If one has deviated from the path of socialism, one is free to do so, but that person must not make unwarranted comments.”
Nitish Kumar hailed the Centre’s “very positive” approach towards development in Bihar and said it was providing assistance to the state by way of projects, particularly in the field of roads, energy and infrastructure.
The EC had earlier rejected Sharad Yadav’s plea for allotment of the party name and symbol to his faction twice, the senior JD(U) leader asked how Yadav could claim to have the support of 500 members of the national council, when its current strength was 194.
The meeting, chaired by acting president Chhotubhai Vasava, decided to hold the next national council session by March 12.
A Class VII student, Navaruna was kidnapped from her home on the night of September 18, 2012.