Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated to the nation three petroleum projects worth Rs 900 crore. PM Modi inaugurated the 193 km extension of the LPG pipeline from Durgapur in West Bengal to Banka in Bihar. He also inaugurated two LPG bottling plants in Banka and in East Champaran’s Harsiddhi.
The development comes at a time when Bihar is going for the polls in November, whereas Assembly polls are scheduled in West Bengal next year.
PM Modi praises Nitish Kumar for good governance
Ahead of the Assembly elections in Bihar, PM Modi on Sunday gave Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a pat on his back for ushering in good governance. Additionally, he expressed confidence that the good work will continue in Bihar under the leadership of the JD(U) chief.
Nitish Kumar to remain the CM face
In fact, the BJP has declared it will contest the assembly polls in Bihar with Kumar as the coalition’s chief ministerial face.
Referring to the coronavirus pandemic and the large-scale return of migrants, Bihar accounting for a large part of them, PM Modi said, “This crisis has also presented us with opportunities. In fact, we can think of new employment generation avenues by setting in motion rapid economic activity.”
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 13, 2020
PM Modi questions ‘peculiar mindset’
Without naming the Opposition, Modi blamed the backwardness of the state on a mindset that made them mock at economic progress.
Bihar has for long been plagued by a peculiar mindset. Road projects were frowned upon. People used to ask what do these have to offer those who walk on foot and do not have vehicles. He made the comment as a veiled reference to former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav.
The PM said such indifference to progress also took its toll on the state’s higher education. But the last 15 years have been of sushasan, he added.
“Infrastructure has improved. New medical and engineering colleges, law institutes and polytechnics have come up. Nitish Kumar has a very important role to play in ensuring that the process continues,” he said.
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