In a swipe at MNS president Raj Thackeray, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said here that those who once opposed the celebration of Bihar foundation day in Mumbai had now “calmed down”. Addressing a function organised by Maithili Samanvay Samiti, he said Biharis had made a name for themselves in every nook and corner of the country with their knowledge and capabilities.
“People across the country can’t get any work done without Biharis. They (Biharis) are not dependent on any one, nor are they a burden on anybody,” Kumar said. “Some people opposed celebration of Bihar foundation day here. Now they have calmed down,” he said, without naming Raj Thackeray.
Kumar was apparently referring to Thackeray’s tirade against Biharis in Mumbai for celebrating 100th Bihar foundation day in the city in 2012. Kumar had then said that he didn’t need “visa” to come to Mumbai. The political strength of MNS, which won 13 seats in Maharashtra Assembly in 2009, has waned considerably now. The party has at present only one MLA, while its tally in Mumbai municipal corporation has come down from 28 to 7.
The Bihar CM said he did not feel the need to advertise his achievements. The change in his state was being noticed through word of mouth publicity, he said. “We don’t ape anybody. Our development work gets noticed,” the Janata Dal (United) leader said. To ensure that development reaches the last person in the society, development of all sectors was needed, he said.