Lambasting the RJD-LJP and Congress for criticising his government on development, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said he would accord top priority to weeding out corruption and ensure human resource development, supply of power and foodgrains to BPL households in the state if returned to power.
"RJD-LJP and Congress criticise us on the development front but do not elaborate on what they did for Bihar during their 15 and 40 years of rule," Kumar said at an election rally in Dehri to canvas support for BJP nominee and Labour Minister Awadhesh Narayan Singh.
Flaying the Congress-led UPA at the Centre for allegedly overlooking BPL households in Bihar, he said "We had carried out survey in accordance with guidelines received from the Centre which suggested the number of the BPL households being around 1.5 crore. Unfortunately, the Centre had decided to make available foodgrains at subsidised rates to only 65 lakh BPL households."
While foodgrains for the poor go waste in FCI godowns, the Centre is not making any effort to provide them to BPL families, the chief minister alleged.
He said if NDA is returned to power in the state after the ongoing Assembly elections, it will ensure that all identified BPL households receive foodgrains at subsidised rates for which a special scheme would be introduced.
Referring to claims of the RJD and Congress that they will change the face of Bihar, Kumar said "Prasad has the mastery in evading a subject in fun.... He continues to make false statements and his claim that he has reformed himself is nothing but eyewash."
Kumar promised to put corrupt officials behind bars and to use their buildings for running schools.
"We have already enacted a legislation which provides for confiscation of properties and houses owned by corrupt public servants."
He said the NDA government under him improved the power scenario in Bihar by reviving Kanti and Barauni thermal power stations and more units would be set up under its governance.
"I promise to light up every village of the state by 2015 -- the end of my next tenure."
His government's steps for empowerment of women, specially the decision to provide 50 per cent reservation to them in panchayati raj institutions and urban bodies had been widely appreciated and were being adopted in Kerala where the literacy rate was very high, he said.