Patna, Oct 14: While prasing Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for his promoting development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a jibe at RJD supremo Lalu Yadav for his anti-development stand earlier. Modi said some Bihar leaders had tried to make their political fortunes by misguiding people.
“I have seen leaders who questioned road construction and argued how it will help the poor? Such people have only obstructed development,” PM said. Lalu had once said that concrete roads only burn the soles of poor people.
However, he appreciated Nitish for recognising the the importance of devleopment. "The commitment of Nitish Kumar towards the progress of Bihar is commendable. The Centre attaches topmost importance to the development of eastern India," Modi said, addressing the centenary celebrations of Patna University here.
Modi said when the country celebrates the 75th anniversary of Independence day in 2022, he wants to see Bihar standing among the list of prosperous states.
Modi also said that many top level officials of civil services are students of Patna University.
"In Delhi, I interact with so many officials, many of whom belong to Bihar," he said.
"I consider it my honour to visit Patna University and be among the students. I bow to this land of Bihar. This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation."
He also urged universities to move from conventional teaching to innovative learning.
He said that Bihar is blessed with both 'Gyaan' and 'Ganga.' "This land has a legacy that is unique," he said.
Modi later laid the foundation stones for several projects, including four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange Programme and four national highway projects in Mokama area of Patna district.