Hitting out at the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar for having "failed" to implement central schemes, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said thousands of crores of rupees provided for minority welfare schemes and development of backward regions "have not reached beneficiaries because of the irresponsibility of the state government".
Without taking any names, the PM also accused Nitish Kumar of hobnobbing with "communal forces", at an election rally on Saturday at Narpatganj in Bihar's Muslim-dominated Araria district.
"From 2004 till now, approximately R6,000 crore has been disbursed by the Centre to Bihar," the PM said, adding the state government had tried to take credit for central schemes.
Urging people to vote for the Congress, Singh said: "There are leaders who, claiming to be secular, take the support of the communal forces. Beware of such individuals and parties."
He pointed out people from Bihar have been migrating as farm labourers to other states as there were no jobs here.
"Corruption is rampant in the functioning of the state government," he said.
"For the past 20 years, you have tried out non-Congress parties. Cast your vote for the Congress this time," he said.