PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Friday said ‘Lalten’ (hurricane lantern) and ‘Dhibari’ (homegrown oil lamp) would not exist in the state after a certain period, causing burst of laughter in the audience at an energy department’s programme here.
Hurricane lantern is election symbol of the state’s main opposition party – RJD of Lalu Prasad.
Addressing the event which was organised to declare electrified all 39,073 villages and 1,06,249 ‘tolas’ (sub-unit in villages) of the state, Nitish said the way state’s energy department was working and free electricity connections were being provided to each households across all villages and tolas (habitations) in Bihar, the sale of hurricane lantern would soon be closed.
“Lantern will not exist in Bihar after a certain period. Neither ‘Lalten’ nor ‘Dhibari’ will exist in the state,” he said.
Though the CM didn’t take the name of either RJD or any of its leaders, the audience mainly comprising the officers and engineers from different power distribution, power generation and transmission companies, burst into laughter.
Even Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and state’ energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, who were sharing the dais with the CM, could not hold their smile.
Lauding the hard works done by the officers and engineers of different power companies, Nitish further said, bringing electricity to all 39,073 villages and 1,06,249 ‘tolas’ (sub-unit in villages) of the state was not an easy task. “But we are proud to have achieved the target of electrifying all the villages and tolas by the end of April this year. Now, we are very confident of achieving the target of providing free power connections to all the households across the state by end of coming December,” he said.