Under attack from BJP and opposition including Congress, RJD and LJP after he decided to return flood-relief funds to Gujarat government, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said the decision was taken last Saturday and there was nothing new in the matter today.
"Whatever decision we had to take we took it last Saturday... There is nothing in this issue this Saturday...," Kumar told reporters on his return from a programme in Buxar.
"The matter is unnecessarily being hyped today... it is an old settled issue...," Kumar said, apparently referring to his press conference last Saturday in which he announced returning the Kosi flood relief assistance of Rs five crore to the Modi government.
The Bihar CM took this step over an advertisement in local dailies that Gujarat had liberally contributed to Bihar chief minister's relief fund for the flood ravaged Kosi belt in 2008.
An agitated JD(U) leader had said he would return the "unutilised money" to the Gujarat government.
"I do not know the exact amount contributed to the Relief Fund by Gujarat. I will go through the details and immediately return the money received from Modi which was lying unspent in the CM Relief account," he had said last Saturday.