The family of late Karpoori Thakur, the former chief minister of Bihar, who received the highest civilian honor in the country, the Bharat Ratna, was met by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
The prime minister was met by the prominent socialist leader’s family at his home on 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. The family was led by his son, Rajya Sabha member and JD(U) leader Ram Nath Thakur.
भारत रत्न से सम्मानित जननायक कर्पूरी ठाकुर जी के परिजनों से मिलकर बहुत खुशी हुई। कर्पूरी जी समाज के पिछड़े और वंचित वर्गों के मसीहा रहे हैं, जिनका जीवन और आदर्श देशवासियों को निरंतर प्रेरित करता रहेगा। pic.twitter.com/Ihp7B08LXu
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“Very happy to meet the family members Bharat Ratna awardee Jananayak Karpoori Thakur ji. Karpoori ji has been the messiah of the backward and deprived sections of the society, whose life and ideals will continue to inspire the countrymen,” the prime minister said.
Ram Nath Thakur said he thanked the prime minister for the honour on behalf of his family, on behalf of Bihar and on behalf of the oppressed, Dalits, and backward communities.
“It was a joyous moment for us, just like a second Diwali. Crackers were burst and sweets were distributed,” Ranjit Kumar, the former chief minister’s grandson said.
A day after the award was announced, he said, they received a call from the prime minister. He said he had spoken to all the family members and invited them to meet him in Delhi.
“I felt that the prime minister was one amongst our family,” he stated.
Karpoori Thakur, affectionately called Jan Nayak, led Bihar as chief minister twice, from December 1970 to June 1971 and December 1977 to April 1979.