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Bihar ministers indulge in 'wasteful expenditure' : Nitish

patna Updated: Jun 18, 2010 19:18 IST

Accusing the ministers in Nitish Kumar cabinet of indulging in 'wasteful expenditure' of public fund, the RJD on Friday, dubbed this as a 'cruel joke' on the face of the ruling coalition's demand for special status for the 'poor state'.

"It is nothing but a cruel joke on the people of Bihar...the ministers are pouring money on maintenance of vehicles and sprucing up their official bungalows and offices while the state's NDA government is demanding a special state category for poor Bihar," state RJD President Abdul Bari Siddiqui told reporters here.

Quoting information, he had purportedly procured under the Right to Information Act, the senior RJD leader alleged lakhs of rupees were being spent on the fuel for the official vehicles used by the state ministers every year.

"A whopping Rs 47.4 lakh had been spent during 2008-09 on purchase of fuel for their vehicles by the 14 ministers," Siddiqui claimed seeking to know from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as to why public funds were thus being 'wasted' by the ministers if Bihar was "really a poor state."