Motihari: Accusing the Congress-led UPA government of playing ‘divisive’ politics, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said the Centre has reneged on its promise to set up a Central University in Bihar’s Motihari district.

Urging the Centre to approve Motihari as the venue of the Central University in deference to sentiments of the people, Modi said, “The UPA is going back on its assurance to set up a Central University of Bihar in Motihari. Motihari is the work place of the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi. The Centre is playing divisive politics by asking the state government's consent for Gaya.”

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.

Modi further expressed confidence that airport and other facilities would come up soon in Motihari as the state is growing rapidly under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

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 transfer of the land.