Before Red Rose Welcome For PM, Nitish Kumars Hold-Up Triggers Red Faces

Posted October 15, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the stage with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today for the first time since the Janata Dal (United) or JD-U broke away from the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA again in July this year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday doled out Rs 3769 crore worth projects as Diwali gift for the people of Bihar.

patna/13-October-2017 (News release India): Government Officials have confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation stones of four water treatment plants in Patna and a six-lane bridge which will be parallel to existing one between Mokama and Begusarai, on river Ganga during his visit to Bihar on 14 October.

"I congratulate Nitish Kumar and his team for supporting Central Government's initiatives and helping out to solve the issues".

"Patna University should not stay behind (in the challenge)", he said.

He said it is the norm, for example, that the Chief Minister would leave the airport before the Prime Minister does so that he is able to receive the Prime Minister when he reaches his next destination.

PM Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will together address the public gathering at Patna Science College in Patna University. "How will our students study without teachers in the varsities?"

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PM Modi also said it was a "blot" that Indian universities do not figure among the top 500 of the world and noted that the government has made a decision to give autonomy and Rs 10,000 crore to top 10 public and private universities over the next five years to make them world-class.

The other projects were four laning of Bakhtiyapur-Mokama section of NH-31 spending Rs 837 crore, two-lane construction of Maheshkhunt-Saharsa-Purnea section of NH 107 at a cost of Rs 736 crore and two-lane construction of Bihar Sharif Barbigha-Mokama section of NH-82 at the cost of Rs 297 crore. Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) said seven Superintendents of Police and 12 deputy SPs had been deployed to oversee the security arrangements and regulation of road traffic during almost five-hour stay of the prime minister in the state.

"I consider it my honour to visit Patna University and be among the students". He said roads bring prosperity and development.

"They will be given Rs 10,000 crore in the next five years", Modi said, adding that there will be rigorous selection process. "All these universities have to do is to demonstrate their potential to become world class", he said.

Without taking names, Modi said there had been people with "demented mindset" who even talked against the need of roads as there were no vehicles to run on them.

PM said, "Delighted to come to a land closely associated with Dinkar Ji".