Chidambaram remarks not justified: Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar described as `not justified` the Home Minister P Chidambaram reported remarks that India would have made more progress if it had only Southern and Western parts.

Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 22:30 PM IST

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Friday described as "not justified" the Home Minister P
Chidambaram reported remarks that India would have made more
progress if it had only Southern and Western parts.

"I am not aware of the exact content of the diplomatic
cable released by Wikileaks, but whatever I gathered from the
statements of leaders, Chidambaram`s comments are not
justified in any way," Kumar told reporters in Patna.

He said, "entire country is one (and) development of
all parts of the country must be ensured. India is one and
inclusive growth of the country has to be achieved."

Chidambaram during his interaction with US Ambassador
Timothy Roemer in 2009 reportedly made the remarks.

However, in New Delhi, the Home Minister denounced the
diplomatic cable. "Don`t dignify the cables... But if you want
me to comment, I denounce the cables."

Kumar also alleged that faulty policy of Centre for
Bihar has become impediment in its way of development. "At the
time of division of the state when a separate state of
Jharkhand was carved out in 2000, the rest of Bihar suffered
heavy loss of revenue due to the freight equalisation policy
of the Centre."

The Chief Minister said while the state had enough
potential in the field of sugarcane development, the Centre
shifted the focus to Uttar Pradesh and other states.

PTI