Nitish lashes out at Centre over university issue
The controversy over the proposed central university in Bihar, which the state wants in Motihari though the Centre has chosen Gaya.
Patna: The controversy over the proposed central university in Bihar, which the state wants in Motihari though the Centre has chosen Gaya, continued to rage with
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday urging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to look into his government`s proposal.
Maintaining that the Centre was "ignoring" the sentiments of the state`s people who wanted the central university at Motihari, the `Karmbhumi` of Mahatma Gandhi, Kumar told reporters, "The central government`s inconsistent stand on the issue reflects its arrogance.
"It first agreed to set up the university in Motihari, but changed its stand later and appeared adamant for an alternative venue." he said.
He urged the Prime Minister to look into the state government`s proposal for setting up the university at Motihari.
Kumar rejected Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal`s proposal for land in Gaya to set up the university there.
Referring to Sibal`s proposal that the state government should set up a state university at Motihari for which the Centre would provide assistance, Kumar said that his government was capable enough to set up the state university there on its own.
On Sibal`s reported objection that Motihari did not have air connectivity which Gaya has, Kumar said that there was no norm that a university should come up near the airport, but it could be developed later.
Motihari has excellent road and rail connectivity to be a viable place for the university and the additional infrastructure would come up only after setting up the
varsity, the Chief Minister said. Kumar said that he would reply to Sibal`s letter.