Nitish Delivers his Independence Day Speech

Independence Day celebration at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday.

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Patna: Bihar celebrated the Independence Day on Tuesday with usual pomp and show at the historical Gandhi Maidan though this time Chief Minister Nitish Kumar delivered his speech sharing stage with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and a staunch opponent Sushil Kumar Modi as recent as three weeks ago.

Kumar first paid his tribute to the fallen soldiers from Bihar at the Kargil Chowk before proceeding to Gandhi Maidan to deliver his Independence Day speech.

Without acknowledging how the political landscape this year is different from the last year when he was walking shoulder to shoulder with the rising political fortune of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) heir-apparent and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, Kumar engaged in lofty rhetoric painting a rosy picture of the future of Bihar by announcing a slew of new programs that are high on social empowerment scale but low in the sphere of economic development.

The Chief Minister also talked about the current onslaught of flood in North Bihar saying the government was doing everything to minimize loss of life and property. After engaging in some very brutal criticism of Narendra Modi for the past four years, he thanked the Prime Minister for responding quickly and sending help to combat flood in the state.

Kumar also talked about prohibition in Bihar saying it had positive impact on the state that would go far in the development of the state.

Following his speech, visitors were treated to a colorful procession presented by various government departments.

Later, both Kumar and Deputy CM visited a Mahadalit tola in Punpun where he unfurled the Tricolor with the local people.

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