Motihari, Apr 8: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday, Apr 8 charged the UPA government with going back on its assurance to set up a Central University of Bihar at Motihari and said that it was playing 'divisive' politics.
"The UPA government has reneged on its earlier promise to set up the CUB at Motihari, the work place of the 'Father of Nation' Mahatma Gandhi, and is now playing divisive politics by asking the state government's consent for Gaya as the location for it," Modi told reporters here.
He urged the Centre to approve Motihari as the venue of the central university in deference to sentiments of the people of Bihar instead of harping on lack of an airport and other infrastructure. He expressed optimism that the airport and other facilities would come up at Motihari in course of time as the state was growing rapidly under the leadership of the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Stating that the Centre has set up central universities in other states, Modi urged the Centre to consider the case of Motihari. On power shortage in Bihar, he said that an all-party delegation led by the chief minister had met the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently and submitted a memorandum seeking coal linkage for the Barauni thermal power expansion project and 50 per cent share in power from Barh and Kahalgaon thermal power projects. "The PM has assured us to look positively at our demands," Modi said.