From Bihar stage, PM Modi praises ‘mitra’ Nitish, slams Congress

Without naming Congress, Modi said that electricity has not reached 18,000 villages of the country even after 70 years of independence.

Written by Santosh Singh | Hajipur | Updated: March 13, 2016 2:42 am
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Sharing a dais with the Bihar Chief Minister for the first time after the state assembly elections in which the BJP was routed by the JD(U)-RJD combine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly praised “mitra” (friend) Nitish Kumar and targeted the Congress for neglecting the state during its rule.

Declaring open the Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge at Hajipur — he also dedicated to the nation the Munger rail-cum-road bridge and laid the foundation stone of a parallel bridge across the Ganga at Mokama — Modi said: “This project was initiated when Nitish Kumar was Railway Minister and Atalji was Prime Minister. The dream of that time is being realised now.”

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Without naming the Congress, he said: “Had this not been neglected in the last ten years, had work been taken up under the routine budget, it would have been completed in six-seven years.”

He said the country’s progress was not possible without Bihar’s development. Bihar, he said, will get the largest FDI with two locomotive projects.

“If we have to change the future of India, we have to first change the fortunes of Bihar. I have full conviction that the Centre and state will march shoulder to shoulder.”

Praising Nitish Kumar for the electrification works in Bihar, the Prime Minister said that 18,000 villages, most of them in UP and Bihar, would get electricity in 1,000 days. “I am happy that 6,000 villages have already been electrified. We will ensure Bihar becomes the first among such states to be fully electrified.”

As they shared the dais, the crowd chanted “Modi, Modi” even when Nitish Kumar spoke. At one point, the Prime Minister rose from his seat and stood near Nitish to hush the crowd.

The Chief Minister, on his part, welcomed the Centre’s efforts for the development of Bihar. He said the opening of the Digha and Munger bridges had given him “personal satisfaction” since the projects were started when he was Railway Minister.

“It is a matter of happiness for the people of Bihar and a matter of personal satisfaction to see the Digha and Munger bridges. The then Prime Minister, Atalji, had given me charge of railways when the projects got underway. I am also happy that a new rail bridge will come up at Mokama, the area I represented in Parliament (Barh) five times.”

“I request the Prime Minister to keep visiting Bihar, offering development projects. Bihar’s growth is synonymous with that of the country. I am sure the Prime Minister will take us along in the development vehicle. I draw his attention to the bad condition of the Mahatma Gandhi bridge and hope its renovation proposal is approved,” he said.

The function was attended by Union Ministers and BJP leaders from Bihar and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. After the function, the Prime Minister was seen patting Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav.

 

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    Selva
    Mar 13, 2016 at 4:41 am
    Nice to see the best of the Best PMs India has ever seen to support the growth of most backward state inspite of animosity Nitish showed towards him till date! Hats off NAMO
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      Aap
      Mar 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm
      During election campaign the chemistry was different. Do PM has anything to share about development with Nitish?
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        Sirius
        Mar 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm
        The centre's focused efforts in development of Bihar are laudable. Bihar has a huge potion, which is forced to seek econic opportunities in other states, causing social tensions in those areas. It's very important to create opportunities locally within Bihar. In this endeavour, the atude of JDU and RJD is not supportive, as they wish to preserve neo-fuedalism for their own selfish ends. After all, who will seek them if problems get solved ...
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          MyTake
          Mar 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm
          [“I request the Prime Minister to keep visiting Bihar, offering development projects. Bihar’s growth is synonymous with that of the country. I am sure the Prime Minister will take us along in the development vehicle. I draw his attention to the bad condition of the Mahatma hi bridge and hope its renovation proposal is approved,” he said.] Such constructive approach is always welcome. If more working hands can lend PM Modi a hand why he should refuse when he is working for the people?
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            TIHAEwale
            Mar 13, 2016 at 12:41 am
            Monkeys should know chanting Modi Modi only angered Bihar voters last time , it looks the monkeys need more thrashing to bring them into senses
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              Venki
              Mar 13, 2016 at 3:08 am
              you were throwing only pea nuts to all these people and made them monkeys, now they want better healthy food, so they cry for help.
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              Manoj Kumar
              Mar 12, 2016 at 6:17 pm
              Congress is an ideology which a fascist party like BJP can never finish . Delivery is zero expect speeches by BJP . BJP is against freedom of thought expression and anti poor to the core. Congress has done a lot. No critic has ever given the world anything. Modi ji has nothing to offer except criticism .
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                Dr. Sonali
                Mar 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm
                Good show. States and centre can and must work together.
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