In Nitish Kumar’s day by day niggles with ally BJP, a brand new level of battle has emerged. The Bihar Chief Minister has shot off a livid letter to the centre on a choice to shift an iconic British-era institute from his state to Uttar Pradesh.
The Indian Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering will probably be shifted from Jamalpur in Bihar to UP capital Lucknow, the Railways Ministry determined lately.
Mr Kumar, in a letter, has requested Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal to intervene in what he calls a regressive transfer.
The letter, despatched on Might 1, says the 132-year-old institute represents the wealthy legacy of the railways in addition to Bihar.
As Union Railways Minister, Mr Kumar had centered lots on refurbishing the institute, which trains those that qualify as engineers within the civil companies.
The letter, and the brewing dispute, was confirmed in a collection of tweets by Bihar minister Sanjay Jha, thought-about near the Chief Minister and somebody who performed an enormous function in Mr Kumar’s resolution to reembrace the BJP in 2017 after dumping Lalu Yadav.
Mr Jha tagged the Prime Minister’s Workplace and Piyush Goyal in his tweets, conveying Mr Kumar’s view that the transfer is unacceptable and in a manner that’s non-negotiable.
Bihar has taken “sturdy exception” to the Railways resolution and Mr Kumar had requested the Union Minister to right away rescind the choice, Mr Jha tweeted.
1/5#Bihar takes sturdy exception to @RailMinIndia‘s 24 Apr order to shift prestigious #Jamalpur-based Indian Railway Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering out of Munger. CM Sri @NitishKumar has requested Sri @PiyushGoyal to intervene on this regressive transfer.@PMOIndia
— Sanjay Kumar Jha (@SanjayJhaBihar) Might 6, 2020
“IRIMEE represents wealthy legacy of Railways and Bihar. Its nice historic linkage with Bihar must be strengthened and never severed,” he stated.
Mr Jha known as it the oldest central coaching institute and the satisfaction of Bihar. “Established in 1888, IRIMEE #Jamalpur has been most coveted middle for coaching to Indian Railway’s high brains since 1927,” the minister tweeted.
Many in Mr Kumar’s Janata Dal United say this controversy was avoidable presently, when the nation is preventing coronavirus. With elections in Bihar due later this 12 months, which the allies will contest collectively, it’s dangerous timing in lots of different methods.
It serves has a reminder to Mr Kumar of his onerous time with the BJP earlier than he revived the alliance. He had requested the centre to improve the institute to a college in 2015 however that by no means occurred. In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had additionally overtly rejected Bihar’s demand for Patna College to be designated a nationwide establishment.