Nitish’s development card a `farce`: Rahul

Rubbishing as "farce" the development card of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday said Bihar was not shining.

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2010, 00:40 AM IST

Barbigha/Hisua: Rubbishing as "farce"
the development card of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said Bihar was not shining.

"Bihar shining is a farce. Biharis are shining away from
the state, but not in Bihar," the Congress General Secretary
told election rallies in Barbigha in Sheikhpura and Hisua in
Nawada.

"Had Bihar been shining, people would not be migrating to
other states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and
Delhi," he said.

He said that instead of comparing the performance of his
government with the 15-year-rule of the RJD, Kumar should do
so with the Congress governments in Maharashtra, Assam,
Rajasthan and Delhi where much development has taken place.

Alleging corruption in implementation of central schemes,
he said, "We (Centre) have provided funds under several
schemes like MNREGA, Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana,
Indira Awas Yojana and waived loans of poor farmers, but the
money has not reached the rural poor."

Speaking at length about MNREGA, which he described as the
world`s biggest employment scheme, Gandhi said, "The loan
waiver scheme for which the Centre allocated Rs 60,000 crore
too met a similar fate. As usual, NDA has forgotten farmers."

Asking people to reject the politics of caste and religion
and vote for his party to form a government of `common people
and youths`, he targetted Kumar again for his claim of having a secular image.
He raked up the Kumar`s objection to campaign in the
Assembly elections by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
while having an alliance with the BJP and said, "Kumar has
partnership with NDA, but he opposes the visit of a man from
Gujarat to Bihar during elections.

"Kumar has partnership with not a person, but with an
ideology which is responsible for the Gujarat riots."
Defending his party`s decision to contest all the 243
Assembly seats in the state, Gandhi said the Congress
preferred this instead of forming an alliance to deliver
justice to the people.

Gandhi said he was making sincere efforts to bring more
and more youths to the Congress.

PTI