RJD National Vice President Shivanand Tiwary on Friday called the proposal to name residential colonies for homeless people after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as “unethical”.
In a statement, the veteran socialist leader said that while the plan itself was “commendable”, the state government should consider naming it after legendary figures of the past, such as former Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram.
“It would be unethical to name a plan that uses public funds to any living person, including the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister,” the former Rajya Sabha MP said.
He was responding to reports of the proposed settlement, which BJP leader and state revenue and land reform minister Ram Surat Rai claimed to be his brainchild.
Rai said he would name these colonies “Modi Nagar” and “Nitish Nagar” after “our respected leaders.”
He also said he saw “no need to seek approval” for the exercise.
Mr Tiwary, who is himself a former government minister, said: “…It should be named after a celebrity from our state from an underprivileged background.” Besides Ram, the other names suggested by Tiwary were former CM Bhola Paswan Shastri, Dalit poet Heera Dom and Dashrath Manjhi, whose feat of carving a road by chiseling a hill for years earned him the nickname “mountain man”.
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