Patna, April 18, 2017: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and other cabinet colleagues undertook 7-km-long foot march (Pad Yatra) from Chandrahiya to Gandhi Uddan (Gandhi Maidan) to celebrate the centenary year Champaran Satyagrah in Motihari on Tuesday.
Chandrahiya is the place from where Mahatma Gandhi launched his historic Champaran Satyagrah movement against British rule to fight for cause of indigo farmers.
The function began around 7:35 am in the morning with Chief Minister's arrival at the historic place Chandrahiya. Kumar along with his cabinet colleagues participated in the all-faiths prayers and paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi by garlanding the Father of the Nation statue. Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Education Minister Ashok Choudhary, Land Reform and Revenue Minister Madan Mohan Jha also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
Now, the 7-km Pad Yatra began from Chandrahiya as the Chief Minister flagged off the foot march and joined it along with hundreds of hundreds of local people.
The Pad Yatra ended at Gandhi Uddan (Gandhi Maidan) where Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Finally, Gandhi Bhajans marked the end of the function.
Addressing a meeting at Gandhi Maidan, Kumar announced construction of auditorium and Bapu Memorial Bhavan in Motihari.
"Our lone aim is development with justice. We did what we promised to the people", he said.
"Today is a historic day as Satyagrah got its first victory here when British magistrate was forced to release Mahatma Gandhi on personal bond", he said.
He said Government would soon launch movement to root out child marriage and dowry from the society.
He said government would made the joint Champaran district (east and west) open defecation free in the centenary year.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui