Motihari, April 10: Addressing the concluding ceremony of the Champaran Satyagraha’s centenary celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Bihar is the state that transformed Mahatma Gandhi into ‘Bapu’.
“Pichle 100 varsh mein Bharat ki teen badi kasautiyon ke samay Bihar ne desh ko raasta dikhaya, jab desh ghulami ki zanjeeron mein jakda hua tha, to Bihar ne Gandhi ji ko Mahatma bana diya, bapu bana diya”, he stated.
The Prime Minister said ” In the last one week, more than 8,50,000 toilets have been constructed in Bihar. This is a great achievement. I congratulate the people, the ‘Swachhagrahis’ and the State Govt for this”.
On his arrival, Modi was received by Bihar Governor Saatyapal Malik, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and several senior BJP leaders.
He also laid the foundation stone for four sewerage projects.
The theme of the centenary celebrations is “Satyagrah se Swachhagrah”.
Mahatma Gandhi launched the Champaran Satyagrah on April 10, 1917, against the British to fight for rights of farmers who were forced to undertake indigo cultivation.
Swachhagrahis are the ‘foot soldiers’ and motivators to implement the Community Approaches to Sanitation at the village level.