Coalition era to continue: Nitish

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 21:13

Patna: The era of coalition in the country
will continue as it will prove handy in running governments in
the states and the Centre in the present socio-politico
scenario, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Wednesday.
"Coalition is natural and integral part of the society
... Society is not complete without coalition," he told
newsmen here after flaging off `Aman Rath` of JD(U) minority
cell in Bihar.

Kumar, who was referring to a programme on coalition
governments organised by a Hindi daily he attended in New
Delhi on Tuesday, said earlier regional leadership was in
prominence and when they were on the decline the opposition
parties started the politics of coalition.

Reiterating that the Centre was biased against Bihar, he
said the Centre has refused to grant Rs 711.97 crore spent by
his government for development and repair of the national
highways in the state saying that the state had done so
without the former`s consent.
The Centre did not provide adequate package for people
affected by the 2008 floods in river Kosi. "Lakhs of people in
the Kosi belt are still homless and lakhs of acres in the area
have been uncultivable," he said.

The central ministers used to castigate Bihar for alleged
non-implementation of NREGA and are now taking credit for
decline in exodus of labourers from Bihar because of NREGA, he
said.

"It is something which proves beyond doubt the political
intentions of the Centre," Kumar said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 21:13

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