Sat Sep 12, 2015 09:29 AM
PATNA: Following repeated criticism by the NDA for the alleged rise in crime graph in the state, especially after the JD(U) joined hands with Lalu Prasad's RJD, CM Nitish Kumar on Friday vowed that he would never allow Bihar to slip into 'jungle raj'. He also called the JD(U)'s alliance with RJD and Congress a tactical adjustment as with BJP in late 1990s.
"It has almost become a fashion for everyone to make 'jungle raj' an issue since the time JD(U) joined hands with RJD. I would like to make it very clear that I always worked for development and governance with justice. I will never allow the state to slip into 'jungle raj'," said Nitish. "When I made tactical alliance with the BJP to achieve some goals in the interests of the state, then also people raised many questions but everyone was proved wrong. The state marched ahead on the road of development," said Nitish, justifying his decision to join hands with the RJD.
The CM was speaking at 'Bihar Dialogue', an interactive meet with the media, organized at a local hotel.
Listing his achievements of the past 10 years and vision for next five years, if elected to power, Nitish said any development has no meaning unless there is human development. "My government has improved basic healthcare facility, and school dropout rate and female fertility rate have gone down due to various government programmes but still much needs to be done," said Nitish, adding, "To improve upon present human development indices, I have chalked out a seven-point agenda which includes 3% interest subvention (rebate) on education loan of up to Rs 4 lakh, free Wi-Fi in all colleges and universities, setting up of technical and medical colleges by my government in mission mode in the next five years."
According to Bihar government's data, only around 1.5% students in schoolgoing age are out of schools. When Nitish took over as CM in 2005, the figure stood at over 12%. Total female fertility rate, in the same period, has come down from over 4.2 to 3.5.
Nitish also expressed surprise on the unprecedented hype created by NDA for the assembly election. "NDA has made the election a prestige issue for the Centre by resorting to falsehood. For the first time, people will not only vote on issues related with the state and my work in last 10 years but also assess the achievement of PM Narendra Modi in the last 15 months," said Nitish.