PATNA: Two newly-built road bridges across the Ganga river to be inaugurated on Sunday coinciding with 70th birth anniversary of RJD chief Lalu Prasad have finally got their names.
While the Digha-Sonepur bridge will be named after Jayprakash Narayan, more popular as JP who was the architect of the “total revolution”, Ara-Chapra bridge will be named after Veer Kunwar Singh who was the chief organizer of the fight against the British in Bihar during the First war of Independence in 1857.
The christening of Digha-Sonepur bridge is said to be a perfect tribute to JP who was the political gurus of both RJD chief Prasad and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
What is significant here is that the chief minister has consented to inaugurate both the bridges tomorrow amid strong objections by the BJP which described the opening of these bridges on Prasad’s birthday as an “insult” to the people of Bihar.
Experts describe it as a thaw in relations between the ruling partners, Kumar and Prasad, who were not on very best of terms of late especially after the BJP came with a series of expose on Prasad and family allegedly getting involved in over Rs 1,000 crore benami land deals.
Road construction minister Tejashwi Yadav turned to his twitter handle to express his happiness over the issue.
“Tomorrow will be a historic day in Bihar’s development history. Two mega bridges will be inaugurated & dedicated to the people of great Bihar. Credit goes to former railways ministers and CM Sh Nitish Kumarji & former CM Lalu Prasad Yadavji,” tweeted Tejashwi.
He added, “I’m pleased to be part of it and getting the work expedited in my tenure whilst fixing the deadlines, regular review meetings, follow ups and regular site visits to inspect the work progress. At least dream of crossing Ganga river apart from Gandhi setu and Ara-Chapra side coming true with all your endless blessings and support. Jai Hind, Jai Bihar”.
Tejashwi is younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
Image caption: Ara-Chapra bridge/ Image Courtesy: livebihar.live