Modi leads from the front, says Nitish

Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday sang paeans on the abilities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he was a person who led from the front and displayed courage while taking tough decisions.

By Dev Raj in Patna
  • Published 16.10.17
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BOOK RELEASE: Chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi release the Hindi version of Anurah Mahurkar's book at Rabindra Bhavan in Patna on Sunday. Picture by Ashok Sinha

Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday sang paeans on the abilities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he was a person who led from the front and displayed courage while taking tough decisions.

"The most important thing of governance is leading the country and its people. Those who lead from the front become successful in this (running governance) and our Prime Minister Narendra Bhai Modi ji leads from the front," Nitish said.

He added that he has seen several prime ministers who failed to lead from the front and asserted that it was one quality, which was necessary for the strength and development of the nation.

Nitish's fulsome praise of the Prime Minister came while releasing the Hindi translation of veteran journalist Anurag Mahurkar's book Marching with a Billion, which analyses Modi's government at mid-term. Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi was also present on the occasion.

The praise came despite Modi politely declining Nitish's entreaties on granting central university status to Patna University while attending its centenary celebrations on Saturday.

Nitish added that the leadership has to take the responsibility of success, as well as, failure and pointed out that the Congress, which ruled the country for a long time, failed in doing so. "The credit for success went to somebody while the burden of failure was passed on to somebody else," he added.

The foe-turned-friend, who did a U-turn on his running feud with Modi in July this year to break the Grand Alliance with the RJD-Congress to join the BJP-led NDA to form a new government in Bihar, continued eulogising the Prime Minister.

"The Prime Minister showed courage and bravery, while implementing demonetisation in the country and I supported him despite being in the opposition camp. I had also supported GST (Goods and Services Tax) since the beginning," he said.

Nitish recounted that he had extended his congratulations on the success of surgical strike in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and added that his, as well as, Modi's interests were similar.

Nitish said development of Bihar will be fast-tracked under the NDA rule and averred that several pending projects have been expedited.

"We will demand this for the state. If we don't seek, we won't get. I took the decision (to go with NDA) for Bihar's development," Nitish said, justifying his renewed association with the BJP.