Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
today accused Union Ministers and Congress leaders of
"slinging muds" against his government and asked them to
specify any additional fund given by the Centre to the state
other than the funds allocated by the Planning Commission and
"A battery of the Union Ministers from Congress and its
leaders are touring Bihar at the time of elections and are
slinging muds against the state government," Kumar told
"I want to know from them to specify whether the Centre
is extending help to Bihar other than allocation of funds by
the Planning Commission and Finance Commission under fixed
yardsticks," he said.
Kumar also asked them to explain as to whether there was
any other alternative than providing funds to the states in
keeping with the fixed yardsticks.
"When NDA was power at the centre, it had decided to
give Rs 1000 crore to Bihar every year to compensate the loss
it suffered after a separate Jharkhand state was carved out,"
he said, adding "but it is unfortunate that the amount has not
yet been increased despite the state asking for it."
"It is now election time and whatever the Congress
ministers and its leaders from the Centre are saying is being
covered by media and the state government is defending its
position," he said.
"But it has become necessary that the media must apply
the mind and research to highlight the truths behind the
claims of Congress leaders," he added.