Paying rich tributes to Jayprakash Narayan, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the message of “total revolution” given by ‘Loknayak’ to fight the society’s evils holds its relevance even in modern times.
“Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan had given a call for total revolution in 1974 to fight social discrimination and other ills gripping the society which holds relevance even today,” he told reporters outside Charkha Samiti premises after paying tributes to JP on his 114th anniversary.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (Photo: PTI)
“We always make efforts to promote togetherness in the society and try to bring the deprived into the mainstream,” Kumar, who played an important role in the 1974 movement led by Loknayak, said.
The Chief Minister garlanded the statues of JP and his wife Jay Prabha at Charkha samiti, the residence of Loknayak Patna.
Kumar said Loknayak and Ram Manohar Lohia had taken forward the Quit India movement launched by Mahatama Gandhi against British rule.
Union ministers Ananth Kumar and Ravishankar Prasad accompanied by state BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi, Prem Kumar and Nand Kishore Yadav also visited Charkha samiti to pay tributes to Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan.
Ananth Kumar also opined that thoughts of JP hold relevance on Tuesday as in the past.
Earlier, Nitish Kumar garlanded statue of JP at Income Tax roundabout.
Speaker of Bihar Assembly Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Deputy leader in Assembly Shyam Rajak, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and state police chief P K Thakur accompanied the Chief Minister.
Jayaprakash Narayan, popularly referred to as JP or Lok Nayak, was an independence activist, social reformer and political leader. He is remembered especially for leading the mid-1970s opposition against then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for whose overthrow he called a “total revolution”.