Patel, Dalit protests have taken the wind out of BJP sails: Nitish Kumar

  • Arun Kumar, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Aug 05, 2016 17:54 IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addressing the media at the campus of Bihar assembly in Patna on August 4, 2016, the last day of Monsoon session. (PTI)


Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said that the Patel and Dalit agitations has created problems for the BJP in Gujarat. 

“The development model of Gujarat stands exposed today. After the Patel stir, Una incident has taken the wind out of BJP’s sails,” he said, while talking to media persons outside the assembly on the conclusion of the five-day monsoon session. 

Kumar, however, refused to comment on the change of guard in Guajarat. “It is an internal matter of the BJP, but the party is certainly feeling the pinch. Patel agitation for reservation raises a question mark over the development model of Gujarat,” he added. 

Kumar had lent support to Gujarat’s Patel community agitating for inclusion in the OBC category in August last year and said the state government "could delay" it, but cannot 'turn a blind eye' to the issue. 

He said that Bihar has been supportive of GST right from the very beginning, as it is beneficial for the state. “Now, we expect the Centre to take required steps to facilitate its effective implementation from April 2017. As soon as Bihar gets formal information about it, the government would go in for a special session of the state legislature to approve it,” Kumar added. 

Taking a dig at the Prime Minister crop insurance scheme, the CM said, “I fail to understand what kind of a scheme is it which is in PM’s name but farmers and the state have to bear half the cost of premium. If it is so, why can’t it be named centre-state scheme or PM-CM scheme or farmers’ scheme,” he said.

Kumar said that the scheme seemed to be aimed more at benefiting the insurance companies than the farmers. “According to an estimate, the state will require Rs 650-crore. In case of crop loss, the state in any case gives compensation. Besides, there is no uniformity in premium. If it is 2.5% in UP, it is 17% in Bihar. The problem is that the Centre wants to launch schemes, but hesitates in giving funds,” he added. 

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