Senior Janta Dal United (JDU) leader and special advisor to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Sanjay Jha was speaking in a conclave on Saturday in Patna, where he asked about, why there is no IIT or IIM in Mithilanchal, and stated that “Nothing has been done for Mithilanchal, the region has been neglected for decades. Education is in genes of Mithilanchal people and we are creating a healthy environment for people of Bihar”.
He further said that “No big institution like IIM or IIT opened in North Bihar. There is no means of employment and not a single industry has been set up. Today, the situation is such that, people of Mithilanchal goes to Punjab for cutting of paddy”.
Historian Ratneshwar Mishra was also present at the conclave and asserted that how Mithilanchal majorly hit by migration. He said, “Mithilanchal is doubly hit by migration. From the 12th centuries onwards, many intellectuals fled due to attacks. These people lost touch with the region and the culture of intellect died. Now we can’t find farmers in the villages. There is rampant alcoholism in these villages.”
Speaking about the seat sharing agreement with BJP, Jha opined that “JDU had won only 2 seats but had a vote share of 16% and BJP is well aware of this. Thus, the two parties have agreed to share an equal number of seats.”