Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Narendra Modi is a Fearless, Gutsy Leader; Says Nitish Kumar

Narendra Modi is a Fearless, Gutsy Leader; Says Nitish Kumar

PM Modi also appreciated the efforts of ally-turned foe-turned ally Nitish Kumar towards the development of the state.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's very public request, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's evasive response minutes later at the Patna University function gave their political rivals an opportunity to fire darts at them for failing to deliver on the central university status for Bihar first university. An aerial survey of the flood-hit districts of Bihar was done by Modi along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in August. "We will take Bihar to new heights of development with the Centre's cooperation", the CM said. Nitish had started raising the issue soon after becoming Bihar Chief Minister in November 2005, and in April 2006, he persuaded the assembly to adopt a resolution asking the then UPA-I government to accord special status to Bihar.

Besides, sewer network of 234.84 kilometres will also be developed in the Beur and Saidpur zones, the statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a corpus of Rs 10,000-crore to be given to top 20 Indian universities for their development, in order to ensure that the top ranking institutions are counted among the best in the world.

PM Modi said that the government has made a decision to give top 10 private and top 10 public universities Rs 10,000 crore in the next five years.

After attending the Patna University function, the prime minister will fly to Mokama, which is in Patna district about 100 km from the capital city, where he will lay the foundation stones for four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange Programme and four national highway projects. Modi will launch a number of development projects in Patna.

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"There is no state in the country where one does not find a Patna University alumnus among the top five bureaucrats".

Speaking at the centenary celebrations, Modi applauded the students of the university saying, "In every state, the senior level of the civil services has officers who have studied in Patna University".

Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari, who also holds the portfolio of water resources, will accompany the prime minister for the ceremony.

Addressing a rally at Mokama, Modi heaped praise on Nitish Kumar and said the central and state governments were working tirelessly to fulfil the dreams of people of Bihar.

Sending out a message to the youngsters, Modi said: "As youngsters, I urge you to think about innovative solutions to the problems faced by people around you". I consider it my honour to visit Patna University and be among the students.

PM Narendra Modi also spoke about the current and former education system of India. "This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation".

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