Much ado over a road in Bihar

A road named during the British period sparked off verbal duels between the ruling NDA and Congress in the Bihar Legislative Council.

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2012, 17:07 PM IST

Patna: A road named during the British period sparked off verbal duels between the ruling NDA and Congress in the Bihar Legislative Council after Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar chided the opposition for the colonial reference.

Congress MLC Jyoti raised the issue of anti-socials
allegedly staying in the slums alongside the Tailor road near
her residence here during the zero hour and demanded that the
state government take action against the unsocial elements.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was present in the house
wanted to know where this road (Tailor road) was in Patna and
said, "I don`t think there is any road like this."

"Congress people seem to have forgotten the fact that
this road has been named after the first Chief minister
Srikrishna Singh", he said.

"Those from the Congress who claim to be peoples`
representatives should first know the fact", he said adding
the Congress members should first say sorry.

"Whether it is a politics of quality and perfection to
take the name of a British... and it is a cheap politics to
talk about a road named after the leaders of the nation", he
questioned.

This made the Congress members furious and they charged
the state government and chief minister with shying away from
giving a direct reply to the issue raised by the party member
Jyoti.

This led to arguments between the treasury bench members
and Congress member Chandan Bagchi and others.

Bagchi said that the state government was not taking the
issue seriously. As heated exchanges continued, Council Chairman adjourned
the house till after the lunch recess.

PTI