Congress, BJP trade charges over central funds
The Congress on Monday went all out against Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, asking him to explain if the central money was spent on people’s development or "embezzled to construct bungalows” for the ministers of BJP and the JD(U).india Updated: Oct 19, 2010 00:26 IST
The Congress on Monday went all out against Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, asking him to explain if the central money was spent on people’s development or "embezzled to construct bungalows” for the ministers of BJP and the JD(U).
The party also blamed its one time trusted ally and RJD chief Lalu Prasad for derailing Bihar from the path of development during his rule. Blaming Lalu for Bihar's plight, party spokesman Manish Tewari said the single contribution, which he made in 15 years of his party's governance was to "politically and economically" derail Bihar.
"When he became the railway minister in our government, he was not able to convert railways into Bihar because our system was so strong. He owes an explanation to the people of the state," Tewari said.
The Congress also ruled out any post-poll tie-up with RJD in the event of a hung assembly in the state. Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad had earlier said his party would seek the Congress support to form government in Bihar in the event of the coming polls throwing up a hung assembly.
"We are contesting elections at our own strength and the people's response is towards Congress. There is no room for any pre-poll or post-poll alliance," Tewari said.
BJP attacks Cong
Reacting to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's charge that there was no "development" in Bihar despite central funds being pumped in, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said Sonia and Rahul Gandhi seemed to have the same scriptwriter, as they were being repetitive.
In line with BJP patriarch L.K. Advani's challenge to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a live debate before the last Lok Sabha polls, Prasad threw a challenge to the PM to depute someone to debate Bihar's "development" with him.
A BJP leader said RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh's statement indicating a desire for a tie-up with the Congress was a positive sign for the party. "Upper castes have a strong dislike for Lalu Prasad," he said. "If the RJD makes such noises, we stand to gain."
(with inputs from Vikas Pathak in Patna)