Nitish Kumar continues tirade against Congress over AMU

Last Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 22:06

Kishanganj: Continuing his tirade against the Congress, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday criticised the Congress-led UPA government for earmarking a very "meagre amount" for the the Aligarh Muslim University centre here.

Immediately after Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi left the venue of foundation-laying ceremony at Chakla village for the AMU centre, Kumar criticised the Centre saying Rs 136 crore earmarked by the Centre was "a very meagre amount."

The Chief Minister compared the amount to the Rs 1,000 crore his government had provided for setting up an Agriculture University here three months ago.

"I had suggested to the AMU Vice-Chancellor to set up the campus at Kishanganj instead of Katihar, selected by them saying that Kishanganj was backward from the point of view of education," Kumar told reporters.

He said Bihar government had provided 224-acre free in 2009, but the Congress government did not allot any fund for it all these years and not even constructed the boundary wall.

"Now when elections are around they have come to lay the foundation stone of the new campus and provided some fund following a hue and cry made by us," Kumar said, who had earlier raised objections to not being invited to the foundation-laying ceremony of a new AMU campus here.


First Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 22:06

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