Nitish Kicks off Bihar Diwas at Patna's Gandhi Maidan

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday kicked off the three-day Bihar Diwas to mark the formation of Bihar state by asking people to help him make prohibition successful in the state.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking at the opening of Bihar Diwas at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking at the opening of Bihar Diwas at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday.With prohibition all set to come into effect come April 1, Kumar, who has waffled frequently on his resolve to impose 'total' ban on alcohol in Bihar by continuing to redefine 'total ban', said that the state would develop 'by leaps and bound' once prohibition is proven successful.

He also reiterated his much-touted 'Seven Resolves' to make Bihar a developed state though he left an exit strategy wide open in the event he is not successful in fulfilling his promises.

"Bihar is full of potential and despite no investment in the state; it has registered record growth in the last ten years. I am working very hard to achieve the seven goals that I set during my campaign. However, with the Central government reluctant to grant special status to Bihar, it is not going to be an easy job," the Chief Minister said.

Kumar said that the international convention center being built near the Gandhi Maidan would be named after King Ashoka.

The opening day also saw a number of cultural programs including classical songs and dances, comedy shows, 'mushairas' and 'kavi goshti' but the songs by noted Bollywood playback singer Alka Yagnik was definitely the show stealer as the audience just could not get enough of her titillating performance that kept them on their feet throughout the show.

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