ARRAH (BIHAR): Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday announced a memorial for Babu Veer Kunwar Singh at his birthplace in Jadgishpur in Bihar’s Bhojpur district as a mark of respect to the hero of the 1857 revolt against the British rule.
He said the Union government would bear the cost of the construction of the memorial.
Speaking at the Veer Kunwar Singh ‘Vijayotsava’ in Jagdishpur, Shah said that the memorial would revive the contributions of Babu Veer Kunwar Singh to the country’s first freedom battle.
He also took a dig at historians for not doing justice to him by describing the 1857 revolt against British rule as a “sepoy mutiny”.
The home minister said that the Union government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would leave no stone unturned to revive the contributions of such heroes of India’s freedom struggle.
Taking a swipe at the Lalu Prasad’s RJD, he said that the people of Bihar would never forget the ‘jungle raj’ unleashed during the RJD rule. The state during Lalu-Rabri regime lacked proper roads and electricity, he said, adding that the law and order situation was at its lowest ebb.
“People were killed frequently, creating a sense of fear among them,” he said.
Shah also highlighted the achievements of the BJP-led NDA government in Bihar. “The credit goes to the NDA government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, which brought Bihar from the category of ‘bimaroo’ (underdeveloped) state to a developing one,” he added.
He exuded confidence that the development of the state would continue under the NDA regime. He also talked about the special package given to Bihar by the Centre for carrying out development works. “The work on 125 lakh crore for the state’s development has already started,” he said.
He also recalled the welfare schemes launched for the poor by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.