Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday, without naming any party, said his government will have zero tolerance towards crime, corruption and communalism.
He was speaking at the annual function of AN College which coincides with the birth anniversary of Anugrah Narayan Singh.
“We have never compromised with corruption and in the same way we will never compromise with communalism. I don’t worry about votes as my commitment is towards the people of the state irrespective of their caste and religion,” Nitish said.
His comment on crime assumes importance because in a week, the state has witnessed two rape incidents in Gaya and Nalanda.
Apart from restating his stand on crime, corruption and communalism, Nitish once again reiterated his demand for grant of special category status to Bihar.
At the fourth meeting of Niti Aayog governing council held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday, Nitish had said that special status to Bihar would enhance the development of the state. Nitish on Monday said: “I have been raising the demand for special status and I will keep on demanding it. I don’t bother what others say. The special status demand for Bihar is genuine and the state should be given the status.”
The demand has been the pet issue of the JDU and the party had carried out signature campaigns and a series of agitations. Between 2006 and 2013, Nitish had turned his demand for special status for Bihar into an emotive issue and built it into a socio-political movement across the state.
After the JDU broke away from the Grand Alliance last year, the Opposition RJD on several occasions reminded the ruling JDU of its past demand and asked it to revive it in the interest of Bihar. Apart from raising the two issues on the occasion he also stressed on education for girls. He said: “Rising population is a cause of concern and it can be checked only through girl education.”At the event which was held at AN College grounds and was attended by Patliputra University vice-chancellor Gulab Chand Jaiswal, pro-VC Girish Chandra Choudhary, AN College principal S.P. Shahi and others, he asked the professors of the college to create awareness on social evils.Nitish said: “The social evils prohibition, child marriage and dowry have been made keeping in larger interest of people of state. The fight against social evils can be successful only if there is support and cooperation from all walks of society including teachers.”
Courtesy: The Telegraph