The Nitish Kumar Government in Bihar has performed better than the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD regime on development front though the state still remains backward, a Congress leader said on Friday.
"There is some development (in Bihar) in terms of infrastructure with the help of Central funds. But, the state is backward compared to what it was during the Congress rule till 1990," AICC Secretary Shakeel Ansari said in Mumbai.
The JD (U)-BJP administration has performed better than the 15-year Lalu Prasad-Rabri Devi government, he said.
Talking to reporters here, he said Congress has decided to go it alone in the upcoming Assembly polls in Bihar and fight the elections on development plank.
Ansari said his party is making a determined bid to regain lost ground in the state. He said the Manmohan Singh Government has given Rs 24,000 crore to the state in the last six years. "The State Government has not raised internal resources for developmental schemes."
He said Congress withdrew support to the RJD in Bihar after the latter failed to deliver on its promises. "We had supported Lalu to protect secularism. But, when we realised that he had failed to protect secularism and deliver on development, we withdrew support."
The Congress lost ground in the Hindi-speaking state because of the caste and communal divide of the early 1990s, the AICC functionary said.