Will Touch Your Feet If You Want, Nitish Kumar Raps Official Over Pending Road Work



Nitish Kumar told an official with folded hands to expedite the road work in Patna

Patna:

A livid Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday asked a representative of a private company to expedite a road project in Patna and offered to touch his feet to speed it up.

The Chief Minister’s awkward gesture came at a function where a stretch of “JP Ganga Path”, an expressway along the river that promises to ease traffic in the city, was dedicated to the public.

A presentation was made at the function, attended by dignitaries like Deputy Chief Ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha and local MP Ravi Shankar Prasad, on the project’s progress.

Mr Kumar, Bihar’s longest-serving Chief Minister, was visibly unimpressed and asked the company official to ensure that all work was completed by the end of the year.

Kahiye to hum aapka pair chhu lete hain (I will touch your feet if that is what you want),” he said. The official scurried back, screaming, “Sir, please don’t do this”, even as top government officials and political leaders got on their feet to prevent the veteran politician from creating a scene.

The incident came about a week after the Chief Minister offered to touch the feet of a high-ranking IAS officer, whom he urged to quickly settle land disputes by carrying out extensive surveys since, in Mr Kumar’s view, quarrels over holdings were found to be the prime trigger for violent crimes in the state.

Meanwhile, the JP Ganga Path function went off without further ado, but not without creating a buzz on social media and evoking sneers from the Opposition.

Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav released a statement, sharing the video footage and alleging that the Chief Minister was “lachaar (powerless)”, a reason why he was “always ready to fall at the feet of all, be they government officials or those from the private sector”.

Mr Yadav, who takes pride in the fact that his RJD is the single largest party in Bihar assembly, also taunted Mr Kumar for heading a party that had only “43 MLAs” in the 243-strong House and claimed that “a handful of serving and retired bureaucrats” are running the show in the state.

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