Nitish Kumar's 200-Crore Show in Bihar Is A Hit

PATNA:
HIGHLIGHTS
PM, other VIPs were at Patna celebration of Guru Gobind Singh
Nitish Kumar praised for scale, arrangements of 200-crore event
Bihar Chief Minister micro-managed event with closest aides
With a turbaned Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the headliner, an audience of thousands, and heavy-hitter VIPs including Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the stakes of yesterday’s public meeting in Patna, were heavy both in prestige and politics.

Host Nitish Kumar slayed it, acknowledged leaders who are his political rivals.

After micromanaging the event, held to celebrate the 350th birth anniversary of one of Sikhism’s most revered leaders, Guru Gobind Singh, the Bihar Chief Minister was complimented publicly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the scale and intricacy of the arrangements.

Mr Badal said, “It would have been difficult to organise such a grand event (even) in Punjab.” Captain Amarinder Singh of the Congress, who hopes to replace Mr Badal as Punjab’s Chief Minister, concurred “The arrangements were superb.” 200 crores were spent on the gathering by Mr Kumar’s government which included a make-shift, large gurudwara where the PM and others paid tribute.