| (From left) Nand Kishore Yadav, Mangal Pandey, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna on Saturday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Patna, June 7: The Vajpayee government was known for its national highways, the Modi government would be known for its broadband highways, Union minister for communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.
Taking note of senior BJP leaders, including Sushil Kumar Modi, who requested Prasad to do something big for the state in IT and other sectors, Prasad said: “Since Parliament session is on, I cannot make any announcement today. But I can say that Bihar has immense potential for the development and growth of the IT and broadband sector.”
Prasad said Narendra Modi’s election as the Prime Minister has sent a very positive message across the globe that a poor boy can also become the Prime Minister by sheer dint of hard labour and dedication. It is the victory of democracy of India,” Prasad said emphatically.
“Politics of vansh, virasat aur vasiyat (dynasty, legacy and will) have been defeated by the politics of mehnat, lagan, nishtha aur sushashan (work, dedication, loyalty and good governance) in the general election, he said.
Prasad, a renowned Supreme Court lawyer, was attending a function organised at the state BJP headquarters by workers and leaders to felicitate him after being made a Union minister. State party president Mangal Pandey, Leader Of Opposition in the Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav, organisation secretary Nagendra, Pataliputra MP Ram Kripal Yadav, MLCs Sanjay Mayukh, Satyendra Kushwaha, Suraj Nandan Kushwaha, MLAs Arun Kumar Sinha and Nitin Navin, and media in-charge Ashok Bhatt, Rakesh Singh and others were present on the occasion.
Replying to a query as to what would be the Centre’s stand on providing special package or special status to Bihar, Prasad said: “The central government would extend full co-operation in giving special package to eastern states. Modiji has already mentioned it in his (election) speeches. We will discuss the issue. Modiji has also indicated that he would meet all the MPs of all the states separately to know the problems and demands of the state.”
In response to a query as to what was his permanent identity, Prasad categorically stated that first he is a Swayam Sevak of RSS, then a BJP worker and then a lawyer.
He added: “Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad did everything to criticise Modiji but the people of the state have given them a befitting reply by voting in favour of the BJP evident from the fact that NDA won 31 out of 40 seats.”
Mangal Pandey said the party has decided to organise a programme on June 13 at SK Memorial Hall to felicitate all five Union ministers and 31 Lok Sabha MPs from Bihar.