Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad denounced the Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, calling it a "political jumla" and different from special status which he had earlier promised.
He also questioned the timing of the announcement.
"Modi had promised special status to Bihar one and a half year ago during the Lok Sabha poll campaign. The central government must understand the difference between special status and special package. It is like another political 'jumla' (saying) for the people of Bihar, which will have no impact," Prasad said.
The RJD leader said the state was poll-bound and waiting for the announcement of election dates. Declaring special package at this juncture raised suspicions about the motive of the Centre.
"In such a scenario, the timing of the announcement of special package is totally suspicious and shows the bias of Modi government at the Centre against Bihar. Why he did not give it 15 months ago when he became PM ? It would have been beneficial for the state," Prasad quipped.
The package was announced solely to provide political mileage to BJP during the coming Bihar assembly poll, he claimed and asserted that the people of Bihar will see through the design and give a befitting reply.
He equated the package announced by Modi at his meeting at Ara with his poll promise to bring back black money.
"The special package is the same like the deadly assurance Modi gave about bringing back black money and depositing Rs 15 lakh in everybody's bank accounts."
The RJD chief, who has joined hands with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) to check BJP in the coming assembly polls, asked the Prime Minister to make public the finer details of the special package to Bihar.
"The Prime Minister must reveal the details, technicalities, terms and conditions of the so called package. He also should tell when and how, the money promised will be released," he added.