Patna, Aug. 16 : Pointing out that Bihar was at one time the nation’s centre of governance, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that deliberate attempts are being made to hurt the state’s pride.
“Historically, Bihar was at one time the nation’s centre of governance. Its pride has been hurt and this is being done deliberately. It is still going on and must end,” he said.
“Casteism cannot be limited to, defined with, identified with Bihar. It prevails across the Indian subcontinent. This must end. People of Bihar are a very tolerant society. We must end this denigration of Bihar and its people,” he added.
Nitish further said that he would continue to work for development and growth of Bihar.
“I have always been for growth with justice and will continue to champion it,” he said.
Nitish, who has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has joined hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to contest the Bihar Assembly polls expected to take place in October-November this year.
The term of the 243-member Bihar Assembly ends on November 29.