Nitish lacks the stature to debate with Sonia: Wasnik
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 21:57
Patna: Union minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and Congress party in-charge Bihar affairs Mukul Wasnik on Sunday said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar "lacked the stature" to enter into a debate with Congress president Sonia Gandhi over Central assistance to Bihar.

Reacting to Kumar's challenge to Sonia Gandhi for a debate over the Centre's financial assistance to Bihar during the rule of the Manmohan Singh government, Wasnik and BPCC president Mehboob Ali Kaiser said "the Bihar CM lacked the stature to have a debate with AICC president."

"A simple Congress worker is educated enough to give detailed reply to the queries of Bihar CM over financial assistance provided by the UPA government...there is no no need to involve the AICC president to reply to the allegations of Kumar about Centre's step motherly treatment towards Bihar so far as its development is concerned," the Union minister said.

Wasnik said if Kumar had enough evidences that Centre was not cooperating with the Bihar government in taking up measures to develop the state, then Kumar should come out with a "white paper" against the Centre.

The Centre would come with specific replies to the "white paper", Wasnik said adding the Nitish Kumar government had failed to submit the utilisation certificate of several thousands of crores to take up developmental measures.

Asked if former state president of the JD (U) Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lallan Singh, an MP from Munger would be welcome to the party, Wasnik said "yes if Lallan Singh joins the party he will prove to be an asset to the party."

Wasnik, however, made it clear that people having criminal background would have no no place in the party as the Congress believed in "clean politics."


First Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 21:57

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