After a gap of eight years, PM Narendra Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar will share the stage together. This is the first time that the two of them will be seen together after the political drama that unfurled a few months back when JD(U) broke alliance with Congress and RJD to come back to NDA wing.
Modi is visiting the state on Saturday and Nitish is looking forward to garnering some benefit out of it.
KC Tyagi, a senior JD(U) leader said, “It is after 13 years that Bihar is being ruled by a front that is also in power at the Centre. Naturally, there are expectations of big announcements during the Prime Minister’s visit. We are hoping that the package promised to Bihar is quickly disbursed. We also hope the demand for a special category status for Bihar is accepted as it would bring about development.”
It looks like after coming back to NDA, Nitish Kumar has changed a lot. The demand that he was raising so vociferously for about a decade, ‘grant of Special Category status to Bihar’, he has no plans to even raise that issue with the Prime Minister. He has always advocated that it is indispensable for the development of the state. But, now it looks like with the support of BJP the road that leads to the development of Bihar has changed.
As it’s a centenary foundation day of Patna University, PM Modi will be attending a function there. Among his other commitments, the JD(U) is expecting a major announcement from him for the Mokama-Baraiyataal area. This area which is spread over 1.18 lakh hectare, remains under water for six months in a year and thus has the potential to become the pulse bowl of the country.