PM Modi's Bihar visit: Lalu not invited to railway programme; RJD expresses displeasure

Patna: RJD president and former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad has not been invited to Saturday's railway function at Hajipur, to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his party has taken exception to it.

Modi will dedicate to the nation the rail portion of Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge during his visit to Bihar.

"It was Lalu Prasad who added road to the railway bridge when he was the railway minister. But he has neither been
invited at the railway function, nor his name mentioned in the advertisements," said Deputy Chief Minister and Prasad's son Tejaswi Yadav.

Yadav said Prasad is also a former chief minister and deserves an invitation for the function. He said BJP wants to
take credit but leave out Prasad who got the bridge completed.

File photo pf Narendra Modi in Bihar. PTI

File photo pf Narendra Modi in Bihar. PTI

The programme is being held in Raghopur, a constituency Yadav represents, but he is still not been invited, he said.

Yadav, who also holds road and building construction departments in the Nitish Kumar cabinet, said Prime Minister Modi should apologise to the people of Bihar for not keeping his word of giving a special package of Rs 1.25 lakh rore.

Modi should apologise in the same manner in which he had announced the special package for Bihar, he said.

"He should say he cannot give Rs 50,000 crore, Rs 60,000, Rs 70,000 crore, Rs 90,000 crore, Rs 1.25 lakh crore
special package to Bihar," Yadav said.

The PM's way of announcing special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore and an additional Rs 40,000 crore of previous packages at Ara on the eve of Bihar Assembly polls was criticised by his rivals who said it was as if he was putting Bihar under the hammer.

Modi will also attend the closing ceremony of centenary celebration of the Patna High Court for which the Chief Justice of India is invited, reports NewsX. The Patna High Court falls under Parliamentary constituency of Actor- politician Shatrughan Sinha. But he won't be able to attend the program due a tragedy in his family.

with inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Mar 12, 2016 12:24 PM

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