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Bihar’s First Chief Minister remembered

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Patna: Barrister Mohammad Yunus, born on 4 May, 1884, in village Panhara under Patna district was the first chief minister of Bihar. Cabinet department of the government of Bihar organised a programme here on 4 May to celebrate his 131st birth anniversary.

Mohammad Yunus formed his government in Bihar on 1 April, 1937, thereby becoming the first democratically-elected leader of Bihar. His government was not only the first democratic government of Bihar but in whole of the Indian Subcontinent. Yunus Government came into existence as a democratic government. Mohammad Yunus studied in Patna and Britain. He started politics with Congress but later, in 1936, formed the Muslim Independent Party with him and Maulana Sajjad as its leaders. Bihar government started celebrating Muhammad Yunus’ birth anniversary since 2013.

This year’s programme started with some cultural items presented by local artists. Then the audience was informed about the life and work of Mohammad Yunus. Shravan Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister of Bihar, was the chief guest. Daud Ali, MLA Dumraon and Arun Manjhi, MLA Masaurhi attended the programme among many from Bihar’s political and social life including Mohammad Kashif Yunus, Chairman, Barrister Mohammad Yunus Memorial Committee (BMYMC) and Homa Yunus, Secretary, BMYMC.

Leaders and cadres of Congress party also attended the programme including Minnat Rahmani, Chairman of the Bihar Congress Minority Cell and Harun Rashid, Congress leader from Arwal district.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2015 on page no. 13

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