No thanks from Lalu, Nitish for PM Modi's Bihar package

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2015 16:49 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Modi said the central government was formulating special schemes to empower women and OBCs in the state of Bihar. (Image via Twitter, @PIB_India)

Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday reacted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a financial package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore for poll-bound Bihar by saying that such assistance was “a right and not a favour” for his state.

In a set of tweets, Kumar said he had no hesitation in repeatedly knocking at the doors of the central government to seek help for Bihar’s development.

Former chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad took to Twitter to react strongly against Modi’s announcement, and said, “If the same package was given 15 months ago this cud hv been beneficial. The timing is totally suspicious and shows biasedness of Modi govt”.

Lalu Prasad also described the assistance “a political jumla for the people of Bihar”.

Modi announced the package while addressing a political rally in Arrah in Bihar. In the course of his speech, Modi questioned Kumar's stand on the status on the state.

"When I called Bihar a Bimaru state, Nitish Kumar became upset. Now I agree with Nitish Kumar that Bihar is not a Bimaru state," said Modi taking a dig at the CM.

"I will the happiest if Bihar stops being counted as one of the Bimaru states," he said.

Modi, who has already addressed two election rallies in Muzaffarpur and Gaya, inaugurated highway projects involving an investment of Rs 6,200 crore in the state.

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