Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s first important public appearance in Patna after the Monday evening Chhath evening tragedy was marred by protest by a handful of people who raised slogans against him during the centenary celebration of Madarsa Islamia Shams-ul-Hoda in front of Patna Science College on Thursday evening.
However, the timely intervention by the police helped control the situation. It could not be known as to what were the demands––if any––of the youths. But one thing is clear they were outsiders and not the students or even employees of the Madarsa. The only thing which could be heard was the slogans against Nitish Kumar before the police overpowered them.
It could not be known whether the protestors were para-teachers or wanted to register their protest over the Chhath day tragedy. At least one of those who raised the slogans had tilak displayed on his forehead.
As the chief minister was visitng Ashok Rajpath there was heavy security arrangement all over the road till Engineering College More. Almost all the top district administrative and police officials––DM, SSP, City SP etc along with a large number of policemen––were present on the occasion.
Apart from Nitish Kumar, human resources development minister, Prashant Kumar Shahi, minority welfare minister, Shahid Ali Khan, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Anjani Kumar Singh, HRD secretary, Amarjeet Sinha and home-cum-minority welfare secretary, Amir Subhani, were present at the concluding day function of the two-day centenary celebration of the Madarsa.
Later speaking in the function Nitish recalled the contributions of the Madarsa, which came into being in 1912, the year in which Bihar was carved out from Bengal. He explained to the people the initiative his government has taken in the field of education, especially minority education.
Speaking on the occasion P K Shahi said that the Bihar government had earmarked 19.31 per cent of the current budget for education. This shows the importance it gives to this sector.
However, it was the former deputy chairman of the Bihar Legislative Council, Maulana Wali Rahmani, who did some plain speaking and strongly criticized the Nitish Kumar government––and that too in front of the chief minister. He narrated how land purchase by Rahmani Foundation for the purpose of higher education at Pothia block in Kishanganj district was grabbed by the tribals with the district administration doing absolutely nothing. He cited several other such examples and asked the chief minister: “Is this susashan (good governance) or Kusashan(bad governance).”.
He said the police of the present government can not stop the land grabbers from grabbing land, but can open fire on the innocent people of Bhajanpura (in Forbesganj) and Nawada.
Jamiat-ul-Ulema leader Maulana Mahmud Madani, minority welfare minister, Shahid Ali Khan and others also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, Nitish Kumar was welcomed by the principal of the Madarsa, Maulana Mohammad Qasim.