Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Sunday paid tributes to the former prime minister Lal Bahadur
Shastri and the veteran freedom fighter `Lok Nayak` Jai
Prakash Narayan and said that their values will continue
to inspire the people of the country.
Shastri had led the country during grave food crisis
in 1960s so much so that foodgrain had to be imported from
foreign countries to feed our people, he recalled at a
function held here to pay tributes to the two national icons.
Yet with his simple life and far reaching vision, the
former prime minister inspired the country and its people and
laid the foundation for a green revolution which has ensured
food security for the succeeding generations, Kumar recalled.
About JP, the Chief Minister said that he was one
of a host of leaders who were products of the JP movement
launched by the inspirational socialist leader in 1974 for
a political change in the country.
"I have learnt all my political lessons from JP and
former chief minister Karpuri Thakur," Kumar said, adding
that he was trying his best to serve Bihar and its people in a
The Chief Minister said that he has been inspired by
the ideals of JP and Thakur and said that implementation
of 50 per cent reservation for women in the panchayati raj
bodies, dress and bicycle for girl students and health
services for the rural people were his way of paying tribute
to the great leaders duo.