'Apka Pair Chuu Lete Hain': Nitish Kumar's Rare 'Request' To Official For Speeding Up Road Projects

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar offered to touch an official's feet, urging quicker completion of the JP Ganga Path expressway in Patna.
Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar Offers To Touch Official's Feet to Speed Up Road Project

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed his frustration on Wednesday over delays in a road project in Patna, asking a representative of the private company responsible to expedite the work. In a surprising gesture, he even offered to touch the official's feet to speed up the project.
This unusual incident occurred during a ceremony where a section of the "JP Ganga Path," an expressway along the river designed to ease traffic in the city, was inaugurated. The event was attended by Deputy Chief Ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha, as well as local MP Ravi Shankar Prasad.
During a presentation on the project's progress, Nitish Kumar, who is Bihar's longest-serving Chief Minister, was visibly unimpressed. He urged the company official to ensure that all work was completed by the end of the year. He said, "Kahiye to hum aapka pair chhu lete hain (I will touch your feet if that is what you want)." The official, taken aback, responded, "Sir, please don't do this," while top government officials and political leaders intervened to prevent further escalation.
This incident follows a similar one from last week, where Nitish Kumar offered to touch the feet of a high-ranking IAS officer, asking him to resolve land disputes quickly. Kumar believes that such disputes are a major cause of violent crimes in the state.
The JP Ganga Path event proceeded without further issues, but the Chief Minister's gesture quickly became a topic of discussion on social media and drew criticism from the Opposition.
Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav, released a statement and shared video footage of the incident. He said that Kumar was "lachaar (powerless)" and claimed that the CM was often ready to bow to officials and private sector representatives. Yadav further criticised Kumar for leading a party with only "43 MLAs" in the 243-member House and suggested that the state was being run by a few serving and retired bureaucrats.
(With inputs from PTI)
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