Nitish Says NDA Approach to Bihar Very Positive

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi (right) talking to reporters in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: With the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress Party out of his way and him once again safely in the driver's seat with his former ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Chief Minister Nitish Kumar appeared to be completely in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his former nemesis, praising him for announcing projects that, in his opinion, would put Bihar on the past of development.

Speaking at his weekly 'Jan Samvad' meet in Patna on Monday, Kumar praised the Center for its very positive approach towards Bihar as the Prime Minister gears up to launch a slew of new projects in the state as part of the Rs. 1.25 crore package that he had announced shortly before the 2015 Assembly elections in Bihar.

"These projects are designed to improve roads, energy sector, and strengthen infrastructure needed to make Bihar a developed state. A number of projects that had been pending for one reason or another are also being cleared so work could begin on them immediately," he said.

As reported, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to visit Patna on October 14 to take part in the Patna University centennial celebration. He is expected to make a number of announcements during his stay in the state capital.

Kumar also broke his silence over attacks on him by his pal-turned-ardent critic Sharad Yadav saying the former Janata Dal – U President had abandoned his principles and was consumed by his passion to save the Lalu dynasty and other corrupt leaders.

"Sharad Yadav should not be lecturing others about principles and convictions when he favors dynastic politics, corruption, and corrupt leaders. He is now only concerned with saving the 'common heritage'," he said eluding to caste members sticking to their caste as in one Yadav supporting another Yadav.

Shrugging off Sharad Yadav's claim that he was the real JD-U, the Chief Minister said that the Election Commission (EC) had already dismissed his assertion but he was free to continue to approach the EC.

BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi was also present at the Lok Samvad.

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