Paswan accuses Nitish on special category status
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Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2011, 18:21
Patna: LJP president Ramvilas Paswan on Monday accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of "dramatising" the move to secure special category status for the state by obtaining signatures of 1.25 crore people.

"Nitish has enacted a drama over the issue of securing a special state status to Bihar," Paswan told reporters here.

Paswan said had the erstwhile NDA government desired, the demand would have been met way back in 2002.

"I ask Nitish Kumar to explain to people what has prevented him from raking up the issue at that time when he was a powerful minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cabinet," he said, adding Nitish preferred to sit idle as it would have given the benefit to the RJD at that time.

Charging Kumar with "hyping development" in Bihar, LJP leader wondered if the growth rate of Bihar was largest after Gujarat, why the per capita income in Bihar "has been the lowest".

Releasing a booklet on the Economic Survey 2010-11 on Bihar, Paswan said "the government's economic survey is an elaborate tale of Nitish's failures."

The fate of the Rs 280-crore MPLAD hangs in balance for the past one year because of alleged "recalcitrance" of Kumar as the state government was demanding an additional fund of six per cent to execute the scheme in Bihar, Paswan alleged.

He also rapped the state government for not transferring any official, alleged to be involved in the Forbesganj police firing that claimed four lives.


First Published: Monday, July 18, 2011, 18:21

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