Will seek Centre’s help for Bihar progress: Nitish Kumar

Outlining reinstating good governance as the JD (U) government’s topmost priority, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said he would work “without any malice and prejudice” and seek cooperation of the central government for Bihar’s development. He said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi “if it was in interest of Bihar”.

The Bihar CM seemed to be dropping his staunch opposition to Modi when he said political battles would be fought at party forum and the state government would work in close coordination with Centre for the sake of development.

“I expect Centre to help Bihar in all possible manner. So what we are politically face each other, we will work in close coordination with Centre for development of nation”, said the CM adding there would be no scope for prejudice and malice. He also said a development roadmap focusing on agriculture, education and social welfare was already in place.

Nitish, in his first press conference after taking oath, said he would judge every decision of his predecessor Jitan Ram Manjhi on merit. While thanking a long list of guests for attending his oath taking ceremony, he mentioned Manjhi and said he did not nurse any ill-will for his predecessor or his political opponents.

“There has been depletion in governance in the last few months. I have whole heartedly accepted the responsibility and would work harder than before to arrest the drift and speed up development work. My quitting was an emotional decision and people had been angry”, said the Bihar CM, adding that he would not allow anyone to “vitiate (the) atmosphere of good governance”.

“People had given me mandate. I wrongly interpreted the last Lok Sabha results, which was not reflection of my work as CM. When passers-by started asking why I had quit, I realised my mistake,” he said.


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