Written byAnjana Raghav
Breaking his silence over a youth hurling a slipper at him recently, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday termed the incident "absurd" and "meant for publicity," ruing that there was "no value for good work".
The youth had on October 11 hurled slipper in the direction of the podium where Kumar was seated along with other senior JD(U) leaders.
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"There is no value for the good work that you do, but if anyone hurls a slipper, it suddenly catches everyone's attention... There is hardly any impact of such incidents," Kumar said at a conclave in Patna.
"But, there are people who are publicity seekers and do all such absurd things," the 67-year-old Janata Dal (United) President said.
The slipper throwing incident had taken place at a 'Chhatra Samagam' (students' congregation) organized by the JD(U) at Bapu Sabhagar auditorium on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan.
"The environment is getting bitter... People are free to have their own opinion, but they must keep a fundamental thing in their mind that the country, world, and nature belong to everyone," Kumar said
"If someone... thinks that he would remain powerful for a long period of time, it is not possible. The power will be reaching everyone gradually through decentralization," Kumar said.
After assuming office, Kumar said the Bihar Government carried out a survey, according to which 12.5% of children never attended school, and the majority of them belong to the Mahadalit and minority communities.
Kumar said his government set up the 'Tola Sewak' and 'Talimi Markaj' that was instrumental in bringing children to schools, and in order to promote entrepreneurship among the SC and ST community, it grants Rs. 10L to businessmen under these categories.
Of the Rs. 10L, Bihar government provides Rs. 5L as grant-in-aid, while the rest is given as interest-free-loan.
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