RJD president Lalu Prasad today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar were fooling the people of Bihar by not according central status to the Patna University (PU). Modi, who earlier in the day attended the centenary celebrations of the varsity here along with Kumar, said measures like grant of central status were a thing of the past.
The prime minister said his government has taken “a step forward” towards making 10 private universities and 10 government ones world-class. “Both of them (Modi as well as Kumar) are making fools of people of Bihar. They must have decided beforehand that one will propose and another would dispose it (proposal for central status to PU),” Prasad told reporters at Patna’s Jay Prakash Narayan Airport on his arrival from New Delhi.
Prasad had served as president of PU students’ union that provided vital support to the anti-Congress Jay Prakash Narayan movement in 1974. The RJD chief has been on the offensive after the disintegration of the grand alliance government in Bihar in which his son Tejaswi Yadav was deputy chief minister.
During the function, Modi said the Centre will provide assistance of Rs 10,000 crore to 10 private universities and as many government ones for a period of five years. “I exhort Patna University to seize this opportunity,” he added. Prasad, taking a swipe at Modi, said, “Will he (PM) be on the chair till that time?” Asked why he did not attend today’s function at PU, Lalu said he did not get an invitation. “Even if I had got an invitation, I would not have gone to share dais with PM.”
The RJD chief also questionedBJP president Amit Shah for giving a “clean chit” to his son Jay Amit Shah, whose company saw a huge rise in turnover after the BJP came to power in 2014, as claimed in a report by The Wire. “Are you (Amit Shah) heading ED or CBI that you are giving clean chit to your son Jay Shah?” he said. “While me and my family members are being called every now and then by ED, CBI or Income Tax, same is not done with Amit Shah’s son,” Prasad added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi few days ago indirectly attacked RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, saying some leaders and political parties in the state tried to polish their political fortunes by misguiding people. “I have seen leaders who questioned road construction and argued how it will help the poor? Such people have only obstructed development,” Modi said.
Yadav once famously said that concrete roads only burn the soles of poor people.
Modi stressed that the narrative has changed now and people ask emphatically about development projects. He also claimed that since independence, this is the first time large infrastructure projects on this scale have been launched in Bihar which will help in the rapid development of the state.