Nitish Pays Tribute to Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan and Lohia

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar paying floral tribute to Jaya Prakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Politicians of all stripes were making a beeline to offer tribute to the architect of the 'Total Revolution' Jaya Prakash Narayan to mark his 114th birth anniversary on Wednesday by placing flowers at his two statues in the state capital and visiting the veteran socialist's historical home in Kadam Kuan.

Nitish Kumar at Charkha Samiti paying respect to Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan.Nitish Kumar at Charkha Samiti paying respect to Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, along with other Janata Dal – U leaders put wreaths on the statue of Narayan located within the Income Tax Roundabout on Bailey Road.

Sticking to the usual rhetoric reserved for any past leaders, Kumar said that JP's words were as relevant today as they were over four decades ago.

"Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan called for a total revolution against social ills that we must not forget today. They are still relevant today as they were when he inspired millions of youths of India to stand up against social discrimination and we must continue to follow on his idols if we want to create a better society," the Chief Minister said.

Incidentally, the call for 'Total Revolution' was not against social ills as suggested by Kumar but against the autocratic style of governance by the then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi who declared nationwide emergency in 1975 seizing all power while arresting all voices of dissent including politicians and activists like Jaya Prakash Narayan and senior journalists who dared to speak against her.

The Chief Minister, who is now an ally of Congress, the party of Mrs. Indira Gandh, also visited Charkha Samiti, the former home of Narayan now turned into a shrine, in Kadam Kuan area.

Kumar also paid tribute to Ram Manohar Lohia, veteran socialist, at his statue in Kankarbagh to mark his 49th death anniversary.

Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chowdhary, Janata Dal – U leaders Shyam Rajak and Poonam Devi, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, Director General of Police P. K. Thakur, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj, Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore, District Magistrate Sanjay Agrawal and a host of senior bureaucrats were present on the occasion.

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