| A youth submits a memorandum to chief minister Nitish Kumar at the Sankalp Rally in Gaya on Sunday. Picture by Suman |
Chief minister Nitish Kumar asked people to take a pledge not to allow the state to “slip back” into the dark days again when they could hardly step out after sunset.
He was addressing a well-attended Sankalp Rally at Gandhi Maidan in Gaya — the fifth one to be held after the party decided to hold 12 such rallies across the state at its meeting in Rajgir last year.
Nitish hammered on improved power situation in the state — a promise he had made on Independence Day in 2012.
Besides warning people to be cautious against “some people” trying to create communal strife, he made an appeal to the audience for two resolutions — to fight for special category status for Bihar and to maintain communal as well as social harmony.
Nitish put the blame on the split of the NDA in the state on the BJP. He added that the JD(U) had said from the beginning that no controversial issue or person should come forward. It was also said in the pact that there would be no interference in Article 370, there would be no effort to impose model code of conduct and the Ayodhya issue would be resolved either by court or through mutual dialogue. “An environment was building across the country up against Congress on the issues of price rise and corruption. Being the second biggest party, the BJP should have acted according to its status. But the BJP became greedy to cash the situation alone,” he said.
Without naming Narendra Modi, he said the leader should not be a controversial person. “In fact, the leader should be a kind of person who works with the policy for development of the entire nation, respects all religion and its people, the one who work for the growth of backward states, have a liberal approach. The most important issue is integrity of nation and thus the JD(U) decided during party meeting in Rajgir to organise Sankalp Rally at 12 places across the state,” he added.
Enumerating the achievements of his government, the chief minister said the bicycle scheme had yielded result as girls of even remote villages are attending schools. The state government has earmarked 24 per cent of total budget for education, which is highest in any state within India. He announced that work on another bridge over the Sone between Daudnagar and Nasriganj would start in February.
During the rally, three youths came close to the stage to hand over a memorandum to the chief minister with the demand to restart vocational courses at Magadh University, to check corruption at Magadh University, to check arbitrary fee structure of coaching institutions and the schools that causes problem to financially weak students.