New Delhi: In a bid to showcase his political clout in Delhi aiming at 2014 general elections, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday addressed a rally in the national capital on Bihar centenary day. Speaking to the people, Nitish Kumar said that people of Bihar living in the city are making a vital contribution in the progress of the national capital.

He claimed that Delhi can’t be run without people of Bihar. Amidst raging discriminatory voices from certain political sections in Delhi against people of Bihar, Nitish Kumar made it clear that people of his state have equal right over national capital. 

He advised political parties to be respectful towards the four million people of Bihar who are living in Delhi.

“If people of Bihar in Delhi stop working for one day, the capital will come to a standstill,” he claimed.

JD (U) president Sharad Yadav, Senior JD (U) MP Ramsundar Das, JD (U) national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari and others were also present at the function.

According to Kumar, the state was always known as a center of learning and the Bihari students excelled in every sphere of education like prestigious Indian Administrative Services (IAS) to Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Exams (IIT-JEE).

He felicitated 18 people, including former foreign secretary Shyam Saran, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) chairman UK Sinha, with the 'Vishisht Bihari Samman' for excellence in various fields.

(JPN/ Bureau)