Nitish slams Sonia for `misleading` people

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar slammed Congress president Sonia Gandhi, charging her with "misleading people" on the issues relating to Aligarh Muslim University`s Centre in Kishanganj and corruption in schemes.

Patna: A day after attacking Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar slammed
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, charging her with "misleading
people" on the issues relating to Aligarh Muslim University`s
Centre in Kishanganj and corruption in schemes.

"We are stunned to hear from Congress president that
the Centre cleared the proposal for setting up a centre of AMU
in Kishanganj in Bihar... it is nothing but a blatant lie,"
Kumar told reporters.

Recalling that AMU Vice-Chancellor had in a letter in
2008 expressed the AMU`s keenness to open the centre at
Katihar in Bihar, Kumar said he had in reply suggested to set
up the unit in `socially-and-educationally` backward
Kishanganj region in 2009.

"Subsequently, the state cabinet approved a proposal
for acquiring 250 acres of land for opening the University`s
centre,`` he said, adding the AMY VC was satisfied with the
state government`s initiative till June 2010.

"It is astonishing to note that the issue has been
kept in the cold storage just for the sake of political
purpose and is being raised at the time of the elections," he
noted.

Kumar said he had also not received any letter or
certificate of clearance of the AMU`s centre in Kishanganj.

He said since he was prevented by the Model code of
conduct from not sharing official douments on it, it would be
better if people would get to know the facts about the AMU
through RTI.

"A sinister attempt is being made by the Congress and
its leaders to mislead the people at the time of elections,"
Nitish alleged.

On her charge of corruption in the centrally-sponsored
schemes, the chief minister said it was nothing but a "wild
allegation".

"I challenge the people to come out with a specific
charge of corruption... I am ready to give fitting reply," he
said.

Kumar cited several cases related to corruption during
the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and asked to
know what the Congress leader would have to say about the 2G
Spectrum deal and the corruption that surfaced in organising
the CWG in New Delhi.

Kumar said if voted to power, he would work for
construction of the AMU centre in Kishanganj from next year.

PTI