Patna: Reiterating his stand on the controversy over the proposed central university in Bihar, which the state wants in Motihari though the Centre has chosen Gaya, state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene into the matter.

Speaking to media, the Chief Minister said, "The Centre first agreed to set up the university in Motihari, but changed its stand later and appeared adamant for an alternative venue."

According to Kumar, the university will be set up in Mothihari. He asked, “What is the problem with Motihari?”

Expressing displeasure with the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal’s move to change his mood to open central university at Gaya, he said, “It is insult of the Motihari people. Opening central university near international airport does mean that it will boost the growth.”

He added that Motihari has excellent road and rail connectivity to be a viable place for the university and the additional infrastructure would come up only after setting up the university.

“Earlier, Sibal had agreed to set up the central university in Motihari but later he changed his mind,” Kumar alleged.

According to sources, the Chief Minister has not received Sibal’s letter. “The moment I receive the letter, I will reply to him,’ he added.

Earlier, the state government had proposed a plan to grant central university status to the Patna University. At that time, the centre had asked the state government to provide a separate land. The state government had provided the BIT Mesra’s campus for the purpose but later the Centre refused to grant central university status to the Patna University.

Meanwhile, when asked to react on the assembly poll results of the five states, he said, “Congress has failed.”

(JPN/Bureau)