By S Ahmed (NVONews.Com)
Patna/ Koshanganj: What the efforts of Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor and other leaders could not do, one agitation against the delay in getting the land for opening it seems to have done in Bihar.
It has upset the chief minister of Bihar Mr. Nitish Kumar who otherwise brushes aside everything going against his government.
In recent months there has been sort of war of words between Nitish Kumar and those who want to get the AMU campus started in Bihar. This was first proposed in Katihar, now it has been almost settled to be opened in Kishanganj. But there is a big fight over the pieces of land. While the state government is ready to provide the land in three pieces, the AMU VC wishes to get a single piece of land comprising 250 acres.
This spat took ugly turn when one of Nitish Kumar cabinet minister Mr. P.K. Sahi accused the AMU VC Mr. P.K. Abdul Azis of cheating as according to Mr. Sahi clearance of visitor (the President of India) was not available with the AMU administration. On the other hand it has been said that only after getting the land acquisition finalized, visitor’s clearance can be had.
All this could not have much impact on Mr. Nitish Kumar but when train services were disrupted for two consecutive days on as there was a rail roko agitation in Kishanganj. This agitation included the blockade of National Highway 31 too.
If somebody happens to be in other than the coverage area of Bhagalpur edition of newspapers it was very difficult to know what happened in Kishanganj. Since nobody could know the protest, none could know the reasons for it too.
But a newspaper report published from Kolkata says that Mr. Nitish Kumar is upset as minister of West Bengal chief minister Ms. Mamta Banarejee and her party’s MP were actively involved in the portest. The paper quotes the name of Bengal mass education minister Mr. Abdul Karim Chowdhury’s participation which infuriated the Bihar chief minister.
It may be recalled here that when Lalu Prasad , the arch rival of Nitish Kumar, was the minister for railways before his party suffered a humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha election. Then the portfolio went to Mamata Banarjee and from then on there is ‘you praise me, I praise you’ type of cozy relation between Mamata and Nitish.
It is interesting to note here that the congress MP Deepa Das Munshi was also present in the agitation which was chaired by another congress MP Maulana Asrarul Haque. AMU Students Union President A A Feroze was also present there.
The successor of Mamata Banerjee in the Railways Ministry is her own party man Mr. Dinesh Trivedi. After getting news of rail links to the North east of country snapped at Kishanganj for many hours, Mr. Trivdedi reportedly called Bihar chief minister, who himself was minister of railways in AB Vajpayee government, requesting him to help in ending the rail track blockade. Mr. Trivedi was told that a minister Mr. Abdul Karim Chowdhury was actively involved in that agitation. The report says that Mr. Trivedi himself was affected with this blockade. Sources say that Mr. Chowdhury had brought around thousand protestors with him and this number was quite handful.
According to the media report Mr. Chowdhury was scolded none other than Ms. Mamata herself for sharing dais with her political opponent and infuriating his political friend Mr. Nitish Kumar. It is amazing as to how sharing dais with political leaders which included two Congress MPs could be termed like that as Mamata and her party shares power both at centre and state.
It is noteworthy that until such protests, Nitish Kumar and his cabinet colleagues were quite attacking but now they are complaining.
It is indeed pertinent to ponder over that why only such type agitations wake up people in power.