Kumar, who can be operating for his fourth consecutive time period as CM within the meeting elections due in a couple of months, additionally mentioned he was assured individuals will “give us one other likelihood to serve them”.
- Final Up to date: June 17, 2020, 12:05 AM IST
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday not directly ticked off his detractors who’ve been coaching weapons at him over his alleged reluctance to maneuver out of his official residence because the outbreak of COVID-19.
Kumar, who can be operating for his fourth consecutive time period as chief minister within the meeting elections due in a couple of months, additionally mentioned he was assured that the individuals will “give us one other likelihood to serve them. I at all times consider in fulfilling guarantees. My promise for the subsequent tenure is — har khet ko pani (water for irrigating each farm)”.
At a operate organised on the CM’s secretariat, Kumar inaugurated via video convention highway building tasks value greater than Rs 500 crore catering to districts like East Champaran, Lakhisarai and Rohtas.
With a ghost of a smile on his lips, Kumar displayed mock anger and turned in the direction of Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar and mentioned, “I don’t really feel blissful inaugurating tasks from up to now. From the subsequent time, kindly make preparations in order that we are able to go to the place involved and behold the tasks upon completion.”
The chief minister additionally mentioned, “I perceive that many restrictions have been put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. However we are able to discover a means out, observing all the rules and social distancing.”
Kumar recalled that he had visited East Champaran and Lakhisarai for laying basis of Rs 263.43-crore RCC bridge and a barrage involving an expenditure of Rs 146.25 crore, respectively.
“I’d have most well-liked to be at these locations once more, when the tasks have been accomplished for dedicating these to the general public. I’d have equally preferred to be at Sasaram,” he mentioned, referring to the district headquarters of Rohtas the place basis stone for a 122.39 crore bypass was laid.
The chief minister’s remarks got here amid repeated barbs by the opposition RJD, and aides-turned-adversaries like Prashant Kishor, that Kumar was feeling “scared” of stepping out of his home.
RJD’s chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav has introduced that his get together employees throughout the state will beat drums on June 24 when the 69-year-old Kumar would have “accomplished 100 days staying at residence”.
The CM added that he would additionally like to go to locations the place works have been beneath progress and evaluate issues first hand, in a veiled rebuff to Yadav’s declare that Kumar was unaware of the bottom realities and glided by no matter inputs he was fed by the bureaucrats.
Kumar, who heads the JD(U), additionally subtly berated his arch rival Lalu Prasad, the founding president of RJD — which he ousted from energy in 2005 — and mentioned “earlier than we took over, connectivity via roads and bridges was so poor. There was such a large enchancment since then”.
“We additionally place emphasis on upkeep of roads, since solely building just isn’t sufficient. I bear in mind after I was a toddler, my home was located alongside a serious freeway and upkeep of roads was given precedence. Issues deteriorated through the years and within the 1990s upkeep appeared to have been given up altogether,” mentioned Kumar, referring to the interval throughout which Prasad and his spouse dominated Bihar as successive chief ministers.
He additionally insisted that the response of the individuals of Bihar to the COVID-19 security pointers has been exemplary.
Cupboard colleagues like Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, highway building minister Nand Kishore Yadav and water assets minister Sanjay Jha have been amongst those that additionally addressed the operate.