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Nitish mocks BJP for hosting mega show on Ambedkar anniversary

PTI April 13, 2015 19:52 IST

Patna: With Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah all set to address a programme on Ambedkar Jayanti tomorrow, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today mocked the party saying those who have no faith in the ideology of the dalit icon were hosting a programme here.

“It is ironical that those who have no faith in ideology of B R Ambedkar are hosting a function here tomorrow to celebrate his anniversary whereas we (JDU) the true believers in his faith are forced to remember him a day ahead today,” Kumar said speaking at function here.

The CM said due to the mega event organised by the BJP on Ambedkar's anniversary at Gandhi maidan here tomorrow, “We are forced to remember him a day before today.”

He accused the saffron party of copying ‘samagam' (congregation) programme of JD(U) by organsing a mega show here, with an eye over coming Assembly poll.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President Amit Shah and a host of Union ministers from Bihar would join state leaders like Sushil Kumar Modi and Nand Kishore Yadav at the programme in which saffron party would sound the poll bugle in Bihar.

Addressing the programme hosted by Bihar SC&ST Welfare department and Bihar Mahadalit Vikas Mission, CM Nitish Kumar announced dole for dalits.

Kumar announced enhancing the honararium of ‘vikas mitra' appointed to popularise welfare schemes among mahadalit, poorest section among dalits from Rs 6000 to Rs 7000 per month. The service tenure would also be extended to 60 years of age from 50 years at present.

Kumar said people of mahadalit community who have not yet received land would get it soon.

State SC&ST Welfare minister Ramai Ram and Food Minister Shyam Rajak were present in the function.