Nitish takes on BJP over Bhagwat’s special package remarks

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2015 15:07 IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addressing a press conference in Patna. (PTI File Photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday sought to put pressure on the Bharatiya Janata Party by asking if Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s views on special packages reflected the package announced for the state by the BJP recently.

In an interview to RSS affiliated weeklies, Organiser and Panchjanya, Bhagwat had disapproved of special package becoming political tools, saying it leads to unhealthy competition between states.

On Saturday, Kumar sought to turn the tables on the BJP by asking it answer to Bhagwat’s comments. “BJP leaders should answer if Mr Bhagwat’s comments on special package reflect his view on the much-hyped so called special package for Bihar too?” Kumar wrote on Twitter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had at event in Arrah on August 18 announced a Rs 1.25 lakh crore package for Bihar with Nitish dismissing it as ‘packaging’ of old schemes and his alliance partner Lalu Prasad taking a dig at the PM for the manner in which it was announced.

Kumar has been lobbying for a special status to Bihar, while the BJP has made the special package one of its main poll planks in the state. Both Lalu and Nitish had earlier targeted Bhagwat for his suggestion to review the reservation policy.

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