Declaring the international Sonepur fair open on the eve of Kartik Purnima on Sunday, Deputy Chief Minister Shushil Kumar Modi announced that the fair would be developed as a modern fair of national status having international look and quality of services on the lines of Pushkar fair in Rajasthan.
“Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is determined to develop Sonepur fair as an important national event. Sonepur fair is Asia’s biggest fair in terms of buying and selling of cattle to commodities at a single place for a month. It not only reflects Bihar’s rich cultural heritage but also presents a mini India surcharged with religious enthusiasm,” he said.
After traditionally inaugurating the fair, Modi accompanied by a galaxy of ministers, MLAs and MP (Hajipur) told a huge gathering that the state government has proved its commitment to development of fairs in the state by constituting the Fair Development Authority. “Sonepur fair that begins on the eve of Kartik Purnima symbolizes the secular fabric of state rooted in cultural richness”, he added.
Modi claimed that massive turn up visitors at the fair indicated better law and order and development in state. In the long run he assured to take necessary steps to develop the fair and urged people to strengthen the hands of the state government for development.
He also launched www.sonepurmela.org, a website created for the national and international tourists, who visit the fair in large number every year. Among others Ram Nath Thakur (PRD minister), Ashwani Kumar Chaubey (PHED minister), Ravindra Yadav, Ram Sunder Das (Hajipur MP), Janardan Singh Sigriwal, Ramanuj Rai (RJD MLA Sonepur), Dinesh Kushwaha and Parvez Aalam (MLC Chapra), besides Saran Commissioner Shiv Kumar, DM Lokesh Kumar Singh and SP Dr Kamal Kishore also spoke.