Embarking on his 'Vikas Yatra' (Development Campaign) from Bagha, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that he would not knock at the door of the people for votes if he failed to keep his promises of ensuring all-round growth of the state.
"Please don't treat this yatra as a poll plank. I assure you that I have never worked for votes as I am always engaged in doing good work for you," Kumar said while addressing a gathering after launching welfare schemes of Rs 136 crore for this backward region along Indo-Nepal border.
"Development works, including construction of roads, improvement in education system and electricity, are visible everywhere," Kumar claimed.
"I will not come here asking for votes if I fail to address the people's concerns and development, which has been taken up as a mission by my government," the chief minister said.
Turning to the law and order front, Kumar claimed there had been remarkable improvement.
"Just in three years of the NDA rule, 28,000 people have been convicted," he said. "Now girls are seen moving freely on cycles in the state capital. It is only because of the good job being done by the security personnel," Kumar said.
The chief minister promised that the state government would soon set up a polytechnic college here, besides sanctioning a full-fledged degree college.
Kumar said the number of youths leaving the state for jobs had been checked to a large extent as "we have created job opportunities for them".
RJD and Congress -- the main opposition parties in the state -- had termed the campaign as a "sheer wastage of tax-payers' money."