Nitish Delivers Campaign-style Speech at A N College

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a function at A N College in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function to mark the 62nd anniversary of the foundation of A N College in Patna and to celebrate the 120th birth anniversary of Anugraha Narayan Singh on Monday, sounded more like delivering a campaign speech than speaking about the contribution of the man who was conferred the title of 'Bihar Vibhuti'.

Reinstating his oft-repeated resolution of 'social justice vis a vis development', Kumar, amidst rising criticism of failing to check crime in the state, said that he would never compromise with crime, corruption, and communalism and every chance he has been given by the voters, he has stuck to his principles even if it meant taking hits from all sides.

"I have worked towards establishing the rule of law and order in Bihar. Besides, social security, building infrastructure, and improving education has been our goal all along. We are committed to raise the standard of education in the state and have come up with many schemes to achieve this goal from school level all the way to higher education. The real meaning of education is to fight against social evils and to serve the community," the Chief Minister said.

Kumar then talked about his commitment to development saying special economic status was the right of the state and he would never give up on his demand for special status until the Center relents to what was rightly deserved by the people of Bihar.

Putting an end to speculations that he was considering withdrawing prohibition from the state, Kumar said the thought never occurred to him and its success was never in doubt.

"During the meeting of the Policy Commission in Delhi, Chief Ministers of many states asked me how prohibition was going in Bihar and I told them to come to our state and see for themselves. Even some educated people are connecting consuming alcohol to liberty and freedom but the Supreme Court agrees with me when it said that drinking liquor was not one of the fundamental rights of a citizen," he said.

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