In yet instance of game of one-upmanship and not all being well between Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and his predecessor Nitish Kumar, Manjhi on Tuesday said he would surpass Kumar as far as the state’s development was concerned.
Addressing a gathering at a function organised to mark the 127th birth anniversary of Bihar’s first chief minister Sri Krishna Sinha at Garhpura in Begusarai district, Manjhi compared his own developmental initiatives in the last few months with those of his predecessor stating that he had not only given more momentum to the development drive in the state but would also surpass Kumar’s big attempt to take the state forward.
“I will ensure more development than what has been done by Kumar,” he emphasised. The comment is being seen as yet another assertion by Manjhi to project himself as a pro-development leader ahead of the 2015 assembly elections in Bihar to match his predecessor Kumar’s “vikas purush (development man)” image.
Earlier at the same event, Manjhi created a flutter by walking off the dais in a huff — annoyed over a local RJD leader’s attack against the JD(U) government — only to be cajoled back to the stage.
Trouble began at the event when Manjhi reached the venue in the afternoon when RJD leader Urmila Thakur was speaking from the dais. In her speech, Thakur pointed out how none of the schemes worth Rs 3.5 crore, launched during the stint of former chief minister Nitish Kumar, had been implemented so far.
Angered by the accusation, Manjhi said it was quite unbecoming of an RJD leader to talk against the government and walked away from the stage putting the organisers in a tight spot. The organisers, including PHED minister Mahachandra Singh, salvaged the situation by convincing Manjhi to return to the stage and not get angry over the RJD leader’s comments.