Prakash Utsav Successful despite no Help from the Center: Nitish

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, following the conclusion of his weekly 'janata durbar', albeit a new and improved one with a fresh name called 'Lok Samvad', took full credit for successfully organizing Prakash Utsav, the 350th birth anniversary celebration of Guru Govind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru, saying he had no help from the Center so he decided to take the matter in his own hand.

"I had been planning to hold this event for a long time and for this I even wrote to the then UPA government seeking its help. When the NDA came into power, I made a similar request but both times my appeal was ignored so I decided to go solo and organize this very holy event all on my own," the Chief Minister said.

Kumar further said that the recently-concluded Prakash Utsav also helped develop Patna City area as most changes and improvement made for the Sikh celebration week were permanent including the construction of the bridge between the Bypass and the Takht Shri Harmandir Saheb Gurudwara, widening of the roads, change in power cable, and overall clean-up job in an otherwise filthy area.

"I personally oversaw these works and made sure the visitors left Bihar with a positive feeling in their mind. With all the accolades we are getting from people all over the world, it is evident that the weeklong event was highly successful," he said.

The Chief Minister went on explaining how he made Prakash Utsav so successful adding he brought in a number of prominent Sikhs to help him plan out the whole event.

"Considering the religious sensitivity of the program, I summoned retired Chief Secretary G. S. Kangh, former IPS Baljit Singh, and others. Moreover, the Secretary of Bihar Tourism department Harjot Kaur is also a native of Punjab. All these people helped turn Prakash Utsav into a huge success that people will be talking about for many years to come," he said adding he was thankful to the people of Bihar and the Gurudwara Management Committee for making the event memorable.

Kumar then turned his attention towards the media and some of his opponents saying they were trying to malign the image of Bihar by raising a non-issue like Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav being made to sit on the floor at Patna's Gandhi Maidan during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"These people are trying to create a controversy where there is none. I don't understand what these people get when trying to make Bihar look bad. What they don't understand is that the seating arrangement at any Prime Minister's event is made by the Center and not the state," the Chief Minister said.

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