Nitish Kumar will seek Modi’s cooperation for development of Bihar
PATNA: Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for
congratulating him on becoming Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth time,
Nitish Kumar on Sunday said notwithstanding political rivalry he would meet the
PM and would seek Centre-State cooperation for development of the state.
“Politically we can be face to face with each other. But, for
development of Bihar I will have no hesitation to meet him and stress for
healthy Centre-State cooperation,” Kumar told reporters after taking oath as CM
of Bihar for the fourth time.
He thanked the PM for extending congratulation to him by
tweeting message. Kumar’s hostility towards Narendra Modi is an open secret. It’s
an established political fact that he had driven JD (U) to sever ties with the BJP
in June 2013 over elevation of Narendra Modi.
Moreover, his quitting after JD(U) drubbing in general
election last year was seen in political circle was prompted by his hesitation
to come face to face with his bête noire. The oath function of Nitish Kumar at
Raj Bhavan served as a big anti-BJP platform with prominent leaders of parties
opposed to BJP assembling at the function to show solidarity.
Besides leaders of core parties engaged in merger of old
Janata Parivar there were prominent leaders from Congress, TMC and Jharkhand
Vikas Morcha of Babu Lal Marandi on the occasion.
Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Chief Ministers of
Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh Tarun Gogoi, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh
Yadav respectively, JD(U) President Sharad Yadav, INLD leader Abhay Chautala,
Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP) Kamal Morarka, NCP Tariq Anwar and Congress
Motilal Vora, CP Joshi, Srikant Jena and Kripa Shankar Singh were among others
present to make the occasion politically big.
Later, Kumar said RJD president Lalu Prasad could not make to
the occasion because of marriage of his daughter and so was SP president
Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Kumar informed media persons that Congress president Sonia
Gandhi extended warm greeting to him through a letter handed over to him by
Motilal Vora. Asked if presence of Mamata Banerjee and Tarun Gogoi suggest
formation of a block of Eastern states to take on the BJP-led Central
government, Kumar said “it will not right to say formation of a block but for
economic interest of Eastern states we will fight together.”
Kumar said he would try to seek cooperation from Odisha Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik also for the purpose. Kumar said he would not work with
any prior “bias” or “pre-conceived notion” about anybody or any party in the
interest of Bihar.
All prominent leaders had refreshment together in the Raj