Tejaswi Yadav Repackages Old Project; Controversy Follows

Deputy Chief Minister and Road Construction Minister Tejaswi Yadav inaugurating Road Ambulance scheme in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav on Wednesday inaugurated GPS-based 'Road Aambulances' in Patna to facilitate repair of roads in a speedy manner.

Yadav, who also doubles up as the Road Construction Minister, in a ceremony said the facility would go a long way in improving roads and highways in Bihar where it takes months, sometimes even years to repair a badly-damaged road.

Interestingly, an exact service was earlier inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in 2014 when he 'gifted' 76 such ambulances built at the cost of Rs. 25.90.

As reported in PatnaDaily.Com, the Road Ambulances were expected to keep Bihar roads and highways in top shape by fixing old, worn-out roads in a timely fashion, according to the then Road Construction Department Secretary Pratyaya.

"Kumar, accompanied by Amrit and Janata Dal – U legislator Gyanendra Singh 'Gyanu' inspected and admired the Rs. 25.90 lakh 'ambulance' parked outside his official residence and called it a great move in the maintenance and upkeep of Bihar roads.

"It is a lot easier to build roads but quite difficult to maintain them and keep them in top shape. This scheme will allow quick fixing of the roads in the events of wear-tear and damage due to use or other reasons," Amrit said.

The 'Road Ambulance', that would be showcased at the Republic Day parade in Gandhi Maidan on January 26, would start plying from February 20 and by the end of March, altogether 76 such 'ambulances' would be taking care of thousands of kilometers of roads and highways in Bihar, he said adding besides the GPS, all 'Road Ambulances' will be equipped with machines used in mixing concrete, sand, chain saws, and all tools required in patching roads." Source: PatnaDaily.Com.

Full banner of Tejaswi Yadav.Full banner of Tejaswi Yadav.However, the bigger controversy, besides the colossal waste of public money in the previous launch of the same ambulances, was the fact that the giant banner behind Tejaswi Yadav and newspaper ads on Wednesday included only his picture and not the image of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar causing immediate buzz in the media and the two parties that are part of the Mahagathbandhan government.

"The Deputy Chief Minister is ignoring Nitish Kumar on purpose, perhaps at the behest of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who wishes to exert more influence on the day to day governance,' said a senior official in the Nitish administration.

Janata Dal – U spokesperson and party MP K. C. Tyagi, however, shrugged off the controversy saying there was no daylight between the RJD and the JD-U when it comes to the development of the state.

"People should stop reading too much into these things as both the CM and the Deputy CM are working in tandem to usher development in the state," Tyagi said.

Tejaswi also denied the allegations of rift between the two parties saying the opposition was trying to create a controversy when there were many occasions in the past where the Chief Minister's image was not included in the past.

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