Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday presented a special package of 1.25 Lakh crore rupees for Poll-bound Bihar saying that “it will change the face of Bihar” in the course of speech “I promise you I will implement this package fully. If we want to solve people’s problems then the only way ahead is development,” said Modi at an event here.
Now you give me your blessings to change the fate of Bihar… Only development will benefit the state and eradicate its poverty. Now Bihar will touch new heights of development,” he said at a government function where several projects were launched.
Modi also taunted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for putting the prestige of Bihar at stake for his political gains by pleading with the previous UPA government for packages.
He said Rs 40,000 crore left from an earlier aid to the state will also be given, taking the total amount of central assistance to Rs 1.65 lakh crore.
He said the central government was formulating special schemes to empower women and OBCs in the state of Bihar.
He spoke a few lines in Bhojpuri language and greeted the people.
Pointing Kumar for his claim that Bihar was no longer a ‘bimaru’ state as claimed by Modi in his previous rally in Bihar, Modi wondered why the chief minister had been seeking packages all the time. Then “Our chief minister turned very angry and said who is Modi to call Bihar a ‘bimaru’ state. He said with authority that Bihar is no longer a bimaru state. If it is true, then I will be the happiest person. I welcome this, said Modi.
He also compared the past assistance given by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee NDA government and UPA government and told the Chief Minister that he should properly take note of his package announcement, “kaan theek rakh kar sun lijiye” said. Referring to Kumar’s split with BJP in 2013, he said the chief minister then went to ‘Delhi Durbar’ and pleaded that please give me something to keep my honour.
The PM said he was criticised for not announcing a special package during his last visit to Bihar when the Parliament session was on.
PM Modi was earlier received at the Patna airport by Governor Ram Nath Kovind and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Modi laid the foundation stone of a four-lane road connecting Patna and Buxar in Ara, the district headquarters of Bhojpur, about 60 km from Patna.
All private schools in Ara were closed on Monday and Tuesday due to restrictions on plying of school buses on several route through the town and for security reasons.
The four-lane highway and other projects were approved by the previous Congress led by UPA government.
The PM also criticised Kumar for failing to spend money provided on previous two packages.
The PM will address a rally at Saharsa later in the day.
A host of leaders, including Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Ramvilas Paswan, Ravishankar Prasad, Radhamohan Singh, Rajiv Pratap Rudy besides, state BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, Upendra Kushwaha, Bihar Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan and local MP R K Singh were among others present on the dais.