Itanagar, May 22 : The chairman of Bihar Assembly Zila Parishad and Panchayat Committee, Amarendra Pratap Singh, has said that 'the way people from all over the country are harmoniously living in Arunachal Pradesh is proof that the land is an integral part of India and belongs to us Indians'.|
Singh's reaction came during an interaction between the 22-member team (including seven lawmakers) he is leading and Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, when the team called on the latter at his bungalow here today.
Sanjoy said that the state, spread over 83, 743 square kilometers, has vast natural resources and very thin population.
"But people from the rest of India, mainly from Assam, Bihar, UP and the southern States are living in peace with the local tribal communities, which makes it a 'Mini India', barring some skirmishes over its territory by China," he said.
Chote Lal Rai pitched in to say: "China's claims make no difference. We as legislators know Arunachal is a part and parcel of this largest democracy of the world."
When Rai said that every Bihar MLA represents three lakh electors, a smiling Sanjoy said, "In Arunachal it is around 20,000 and as MP my Western Parliamentary constituency has a total of 5.5 lakh voters and the average turnout is between 3.5 to 4 lakh."
After learning about the rapid multifaceted growth in communication, education, power supply and health sectors in Bihar, Sanjoy wanted to know the factors behind the success. Bihar was an ill-reputed state, except for its Begusarai district, which has produced the highest number of IAS officers in the country.
"Crime is a universal phenomenon. But Nitishji not only stopped supporting, sheltering and abetting criminals, he also ensured that no politician shelters criminals, which has brought back law and order and paved the way for rapid development," Singh responded with conviction.
"Bihar is flourishing with the people standing like a rock behind the CM," Rai added.