Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, who turned 70 on Sunday, showed that everything was fine between them, while opening a bridge approach road as well as a state-built bridge, at a time of doubt on the alliance. Both leaders innaugurated a road to the Patna-Sonepur bridge, which was and opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Bihar Government had made the approach road, which was opened yesterday.
State’s Deputy Chief Minister and Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav had earlier said he would “gift” the bridges to his father on his birthday, but bridges were named after Jay Prakash Narayan and freedom fighter Bir Kuar Singh.Both leaders also rebuked talks about a rift between the allies. Wishing Lalu on his birthday, the state chief minister wished him on his birthday and recalled how the later played an important role in making the Patna structure a rail-cum-road bridge.
Hitting out at the BJP, Nitish Kumar said there was an attempt to create unnecessary controversy on timing of inauguration. “Today is the foundation day of the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam that constructed the approach road to the bridge. It is also birthday of Lalu Prasad. I wish him on this day,” he wwas quoted as saying by the paper.
Speaking about the making of the Digha-Sonepur bridge, the chief minister said that before he took over as Railway Minister, the foundation stone laying of the bridge was layed by his predecessor Ram Vilas Paswan. “When I sought the details about the bridge, I learnt it was not sanctioned in the first place. I got the detailed project report prepared and got it approved by the Cabinet,” he said further.
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“People keep asking me if my equation with Nitish is alright or if he is breaking away from the alliance. I would tell them it is a matter of commitment and no explanation to anyone is needed,” he was further quoted as saying by the paper.