Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Monday alleged that the UPA government was discriminating
Bihar for political reason as it had opened its purse for the
states ruled by friendly parties.
Referring to a package of Rs 21,614 crore granted to
West Bengal by the UPA Government, Kumar said he had no no
problems with other states receiving packages for development,
but it was painful when the Centre adopted a different
yardstick for Bihar to deny its rightful demand for additional
funds or packages.
The Centre was so oblivious to the woes of the
flood-affected people of the Koshi region that the state
government had to obtain loan from the World Bank for
rehabilitation works, Kumar told reporters at `Janata Darbar`.
The Centre had not yet considered demand for refund of
Rs 1000 crore spent on the construction of the national
highways, financial package for development and conferment of
special category state status, he said.
In view of its discriminatory attitude against the
opposition-ruled states, it could safely be said that the
incumbent UPA government was partisan, he said.
On the special category status demand, the chief
minister said that the Centre had referred it to the
inter-ministerial group instead of taking up the issue at the
National Development Council (NDC).