Not ready to buy UPA government's claim of a special package of Rs 18,000 crore to Uttarakhand, the BJP on Monday sought a clarification from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying the people of the hill state want to know when the amount was released.
"People of the state want to know from the ruling Congress as to when Prime Minister gave the package of Rs 18,000 crore to the state and where it is lying now," BJP state spokesman Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank told reporters in Dehra Dun.
He was reacting to Congress in charge of election campaigning in the state and former PWD Minister Indira Hridayesh's statement on Sunday that the previous ND Tiwari government had secured a special package of Rs 18,000 crore from Singh for the state.
Nishank said he also inquired about such package from the top state officials, but they also expressed ignorance about it.
The BJP leader, who is also Health Minister, criticised the Congress leader for taking "false credit" for launch of "108 emergency services" in Uttarakhand by terming it as a central government scheme and said it is purely a BJP government's initiative in the state.