Nitish Inaugurates Bihar Diwas at Patna's Gandhi Maidan

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking at the inauguration of Bihar Diwas at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Thursday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday kicked off this year's version of Bihar Diwas at a lavish function at Patna's Gandhi Maidan where politicians from the ruling NDA sang the praise of Bihar, its glorious history, culture, and Mahatma Gandhi's historical launch of the Satyagraha Movement against the British from what is also known as the land of Buddha and Mahavir.

Kumar, who relishes speaking at such events that provides him the right opportunity and right platform to tout his success as the Chief Minister while also providing a chance to bash his opponents, listed his many accomplishments since assuming power in 2005 including maintenance of communal harmony in the state and sweeping changes in the rights of women of Bihar.

Urging people to maintain utmost peace and communal harmony during the coming Ramnavami festival, the Chief Minister said that he was aware of the fact that some people were working hard to spread religious hatred in the state for political gains.

"In spite of that, I humbly request you not to give leg to such activities and instead, celebrate Ramnavami in the spirit it was intended to which was with love for all and peace for everyone," he said.

Calling his opponents men of no principle, Kumar said that some people had no principle or conviction and all they know is how to make posts on Twitter. "We don't believe in politics without principles; our principle is development with social justice for all," he said.

The remainder of the time the Chief Minister spent on talking about how he raised the state budget from Rs 6,000 crore in 2005 to Rs. 87,000 crore in 2018 and how he implemented reservation for women in Panchayat elections.

Others to speak on the occasion included Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, and state Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma. They also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi who launched his agitation against the British from Champaran in Bihar.

The opening day was marked with a number of cultural shows including songs and dances performed by artists from across the state. It also featured a laser show that was a huge hit among the audience.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his greeting to the people of Bihar to mark Bihar Diwas saying Bihar's contribution towards the country's progress was 'exemplary and invaluable'.

Bihar Diwas is celebrated each year on March 22 to mark the day the state of Bihar was carved out of the Bengal Presidency by the British in 1912.

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