GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 12th Feb. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday welcomed the family members of the late former Bihar Chief Minister, Karpoori Thakur, who was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor, last month.
Led by his son and Rajya Sabha member, Ram Nath Thakur, the family met the Prime Minister at his residence on 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.
Expressing his delight at meeting the family of the esteemed socialist leader, Prime Minister Modi remarked, “Very happy to meet the family members of Bharat Ratna awardee Jananayak Karpoori Thakur ji. Karpoori ji has been the messiah of the backward and deprived sections of society, whose life and ideals will continue to inspire the countrymen.”
Ram Nath Thakur conveyed his gratitude to the Prime Minister on behalf of his family, Bihar, and the oppressed, Dalits, and backward communities. The occasion was marked with immense joy, akin to a second Diwali, with celebratory crackers and sweets being distributed, as mentioned by Ranjit Kumar, the former chief minister’s grandson.
Recalling the Prime Minister’s immediate gesture of reaching out to the family following the announcement of the award, Ranjit Kumar shared that Prime Minister Modi had personally spoken with each family member and extended an invitation to meet him in Delhi.
Reflecting on the warmth of the interaction, Kumar remarked, “I felt that the Prime Minister was one amongst our family.”
Fondly known as Jan Nayak, Karpoori Thakur served as the Chief Minister of Bihar during two terms: from December 1970 to June 1971 and from December 1977 to April 1979.