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Rajan's report a victory for Bihar: Nitish Kumar

PTI  Patna, September 26, 2013
First Published: 21:06 IST(26/9/2013) | Last Updated: 21:10 IST(26/9/2013)

Welcoming Raghuram Rajan panel report which has put Bihar among the least developed states, chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday described it as a 'victory' for the state but was non-committal on alliance with Congress for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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"Do not talk of politics today... We will take stock of the political situation at our Chintan Shivir at Rajgir on October 28-29 next," Kumar said when asked whether favourable report by the UPA government would pave the way for an alliance between JD(U) and Congress for 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Kumar had in the past said that his party would extend support in 2014 Parliamentary elections whoever supported Bihar's demand for the special category status.

The Raghuram Rajan Committee report, which puts Bihar among 10 least developed states is being seen as the Congress reaching out to JD(U).

Incidentally, the JD(U) has severed its 17-year-long alliance with BJP in June over the elevation of Narendra Modi as the party's poll panel chief.

The Bihar CM said the revisiting of criteria for declaring backwardness as carried by the sub-committee headed by Raghuram Rajan would "open all doors for future economic assistance".

However, it would have been better if the panel had taken per capita income as criteria for deciding economic backwardness of the states instead of per capita consumption, the CM said.

"But, still even this form of the report is also welcomed," he said and added that he had thanked Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram for the 'positive' report.


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