With the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government’s first anniversary approaching this week, a savage war of words has broken out between the Chief Minister and his bitter opponent, Railway Minister Lalu Yadav.
Lalu and his Cabinet colleague Ram Vilas Paswan have announced that their parties will bring out a list of the state government’s "failures" on Friday when Nitish releases a report card of its achievements during the past year.
While Lalu accused Nitish of having “ruined” the Railways during the NDA regime and predicted a similar fate for Bihar under his rule, the latter hit back hard rubbishing the RJD chief’s claim of being the “No 1 minister” in UPA Government and dismissing the Railways’ turnaround as “bogus”.
“The turnaround has not started in Lalu’s tenure.It had begun in 2001.He has inherited a very successful Railways and cannot claim credit for its present success...The real turnaround has been achieved by us in Bihar,”
Nitish asserted on Tuesday.
“Besides, would a minister who is actually No 1 make such a claim in public? The UPA ministers are at loggerheads with him over the claim,”
the CM said.
Talking to mediapersons after a visit to the Bihar pavillion at the ongoing India International Trade Fair (IITF) here , Nitish said his government’s policies to boost industry in the state had begun showing results as investments had started coming in.
The outside investors were encouraged by the fact that the law and order situation in Bihar had vastly improved during the past year, he claimed.
The CM also talked about various developmental initiatives taken by the government saying that they had put the state on the path to progress and prosperity.