Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the Central Government’s decision to set up Central University in Gaya instead of Motihari is a pre-planned ‘conspiracy’ of the Congress to create discord among the people of the two places.

Urging the Centre to change its stand, he said, “It is impossible for us to go back. We have already sent the proposal for setting up a Central Univeristy in Motihari to the Centre.” He also said that he would stick to his demand for opening of the university in Motihari, the work place of Mahatma Gandhi. Nitish also assured to provide land and other facilities required for setting up of the university.
The Union HRD Ministry and Bihar government is at loggerheads since 2009 over the location of the Central University. While Nitish government has been insistent on Motihari for the university, the HRD Ministry has been of the view that such a location would hardly attract quality faculty or students therefore, setting up a central university near Gaya international airport would be more feasible.

Meanwhile, referring to the Aligarh Muslim University’s study centre in Kishanganj, the Chief Minister said, “The Bihar government had carried out its responsibility by making available land required for the purpose.”

Interestingly, the HRD Ministry has got the required 300 acres of land in Gaya for setting up of the central university. It negotiated with the Defence Ministry for the transfer of land.