Sitab Diara: Believe it or not, this nondescript Bihar village where Loknayak Jaiprakash Narayan was born got electricity connection in February 2012. Located on the banks of river Saryu in Saran district, Sitab Diara's tryst with electricity coincided with the rath yatra of BJP leader LK Advani which kicked off from here in October 2011.

Power supply is arranged from Jayprakash Nagar power grid in Uttar Pradesh payment for which is made by Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB).

According to state minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal, the responsibility to maintain smooth supply of power rests with the panchayat.

According to the arrangement, the village with a population of about 18,000 is witnessing 8-12 hours of electricity in a week during daytime and almost the same duration in the night in alternate week.

"With the village having access to electricity, roads and improved hospital and schools, we are enjoying development now," Kamla Charan Verma, cousin of JP, who heads Jay
Prabha Memorial Trust (named after JP's wife) said.

Locals believed that, by carrying development works, the ruling NDA government is paying its respect to the veteran socialist leader.

Construction of a three-km metallic road from Gariba tola to Lala tola (where JP was born) is also in progress.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who is a native of Saran district, gained political identity by using JP's name but totally neglected development.

The Government Middle School in Lala tola where JP started his school career is also wearing a new look. Rooms of the school, where around 500 boys and girls study, have been repaired and whitewashed.

Sigriwal said a library, museum and other development institutions have been planned in the near future in memory of Loknayak.

(JPN/Agencies)