With four years of estrangement from the BJP now behind him and the saffron party being an ally in Bihar now, JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar has been compelled to leave his campaign for special category state status for the state, a project close to his heart for over a decade.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today took a pot-shot at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modifor the latter's rejection of according Central University status to Patna University.
Nitish Kumar had joined again with the BJP in July after falling out with the party ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls over its projection of Modi as the prime ministerial candidate. "The Centre attaches topmost importance to the development of eastern India", Modi 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. Later, speaking at the centenary celebrations of Patna University, the prime minister showered praise on the chief minister.
During his visit, development projects worth Rs 3,700 crore would be launched by the Prime Minister. "During the Congress rule, its leaders took the credit of success but held others responsible for failures", Nitish said while addressing a function after releasing Hindi version of a book on Narendra Modi.
The Prime Minister also announced a package of Rs. 10 thousand crore for 20 educational institutions to make them world class institutes in the next five years.
In Mokama, he laid the foundation stone for four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange programme and four National Highway projects. "All these universities have to do is to demonstrate their potential to become world class", he said.
Modi, who visited the Patna University for the first time said, "In every state, the top levels of the civil services have people who have studied in Patna University".
The Prime Minister will fly to Mokama, after attending the Patna University function. The prime minister will also be accompanied by Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari for the ceremony. "Talking about rural electrification works, PM said, "We had the target of providing electricity to the left-out 18,000 villages in 1000 days and we have completed electrification in 15,000 villages. This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it was a "blot" that Indian universities do not figure among the top 500 of the world and added that the government has chose to give autonomy and Rs 10,000 crore to top 10 public and 10 private universities over the next five years to make them world-class.
PM Narendra Modi also spoke about the current and former education system of India.