It was mutual admiration on display at the famous Gandhi Maidan. the venue for the 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Shri Guru Govind Singh. While PM Narendra Modi heaped praise on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, the latter returned them in equal measure. Not to be done, amidst thunderous applause, the two leaders counted the development works done by them during their tenure as CMs of Gujarat and Bihar, respectively.
“I thank Kumar and his government from the bottom of my heart for such marvelous arrangements of Prakash Utsav in Bihar. I heard that he personally monitored the arrangements and visited the site several times. He has also transformed Bihar by banning liquor and I urge all leaders and workers of all parties, including the BJP, to extend support to this revolutionary step for it will create a fresh and better society,” said Modi, after greeting Kumar.
The PM further said that Kumar was responsible for making such wonderful arrangements, especially for the devotees who queued up to the auspicious birthplace of Guru Govind Singh from cross the globe.
On his part, Kumar commended the works done by Modi earlier when he was Gujarat CM and now as PM of the country. “Modi when he was CM of Gujarat had executed many good works, including imposing a ban on liquor sale in his state. I have always been a fan of such constructive decisions.” He congratulated Modi for appreciating his (Kumar) decision to go ahead witn liquor ban and the arrangements his government had made for the Sikh devotees.
In fact, for a week Patna was decked up to celebrate the 350th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Govind Singh Maharaj. The main function took place on January 5 at the iconic Gandhi Maidan, which was attended by Modi, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Kumar, besides several leaders and other Sikh dignitaries from India and abroad. More importantly, the Bihar government had announced a three-day holiday during the ‘Prakash-Parv’ at Takht Harmandir Sahib, the birthplace of the 10th Sikh Guru. The gurudwara management committee was also undertaking huge constructions on its campus.