PM misleading people: Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to avoid "hit-and-run" tactics, a day after Singh accused the state government of failing to implement centrally sponsored schemes. HT reports.patna Updated: Oct 18, 2010 09:15 IST
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to avoid "hit-and-run" tactics, a day after Singh accused the state government of failing to implement centrally sponsored schemes.
"I am surprised after listening to the Prime Minister," said Kumar, who leads the Janata Dal United-BJP coalition in the state.
"We have been inviting him for the past five years, but he didn't get time. We were not expecting this from the Prime Minister. He ignored all the facts," he told a press conference here, ahead of month-long assembly elections that begin on October 21.
Singh's Congress party heads the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre but is in the opposition in Bihar.
During an election rally on Saturday at Narpatganj in Araria district, in the northeastern part of the state, Singh had said welfare schemes sponsored by the Centre had had little impact in Bihar due to the neglect of the state government.
At Sunday's press conference, BJP leader Arun Jaitley backed Kumar, saying the money the central government collects comes from the taxpayer. "That is not the property of the Congress party."
Kumar also challenged Singh's claim that the UPA government had started offering a special development package of R1,000 crore every year to Bihar.
"He stands corrected. We have been getting Rs 1,000 crore not from 2004 but from
2002. This decision was not taken by the UPA government but by the NDA (BJP-led National Democratic Alliance) government," the chief minister said.
He asked Singh to look at the Bihar Reorganisation Bill, under which money goes to central agencies and not the Bihar government.
"They are the ones not spending it and still the PM is blaming the Bihar government."
Kumar also clarified that he would campaign along with the BJP in the polls, following reports that he had refused to share the platform with BJP leader L K Advani for fear of losing Muslim votes.
Previously, Kumar was said to have asked the BJP to keep Gujarat CM Narendra Modi away from the Bihar campaign.
"The BJP and JDU will campaign in Bihar together. There is no confusion. Our coalition is very mature," he said on Sunday.