Congress encouraging centre-states conflict: Bardhan

CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for their speech on central assistance.

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2010, 22:02 PM IST

Patna: CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan
on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress
president Sonia Gandhi for their speech on central assistance
saying by doing so the party was trying to "encourage
conflict" between the Centre and the states.

Stating that central assistance was "not not
anybody`s property", Bardhan said "We have a federal structure
and in keeping with it, the Centre has to provide funds for
the state."
"It is afterall the hard-earned money of the poor people
and tax payers and the states do have their right to share it
", he told a press conference

He further said whoever from the Congress campaigns in
Bihar it was not not going to help the party as it was
"responsible for laying the foundation of the state`s
backwardness".

"Let the Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi
campaign, it is not not going to help the party", he said.

In a similar vein, he attacked Nitish Kumar
government, besides the RJD and LJP for not carrying out
the development of the state.

He described as "mere jugglery of figures" the
projection of the growth rate at 11.5 per cent in Bihar and
said how could it be possible when no no major industry had
come up in Bihar during the past five years.
The CPI leader said the people had identified the real
face of the Congress, RJD, LJP and NDA leaders.

He also slammed Nitish Kumar for projecting his
secular image and asked how could a person claim about his
secular credential when he is an ally to a party to which
Narendra Modi belongs to.

PTI