PM`s allegations baseless: Bihar deputy CM

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi on Saturday said that the allegations levelled by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against the state`s NDA government are "baseless and in bad taste".

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2010, 21:01 PM IST

Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister S K
Modi on Saturday said that the allegations levelled by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh against the state`s NDA government are
"baseless and in bad taste".

Talking to reporters here, Modi said, "The allegations
levelled by the prime minister against the Nitish Kumar
government are baseless and in bad taste. We ask the prime
minister to explain as to whether the Centre has not meted out
step-motherly treatment to Bihar."
Earlier in the day, Singh had charged that the Bihar
government has failed to fully implement Centrally-sponsored
schemes but is taking credit for them.

Alleging that even the prime minister did not fulfil
his promise to give special package for reconstruction of
flood-devastated Kosi belts and rehabilitation of those
rendered homeless by unprecedented floods in 2008, Modi said
the Centre failed to reach the necessary relief for the
deluge victims.

Referring to Singh`s statement that the Centre had
provided Rs 1,000 crore every year for 36 backward districts
in Bihar, Modi said that by doing so, the UPA government has
not "bestowed undue favour" upon the state.

"In fact, the erstwhile NDA government decided to
provide special package of Rs 1,000 crore every year under the
Shram Vikas Yojana to compensate the losses the state incurred
because of minerally-rich areas going to Jharkhand after
bifurcation," he said, adding that the prime minister has
nothing to boast on the issue.
Modi said the oft-repeated statements of Congress
leaders that the Centre had been kind enough to provide more
funds to the state did not carry any "truth".

"We have been receiving more and more funds from the
Centre because of our sincere efforts for financial management
as we utilise the funds and submit the utilisation
certificates on time," he said.

Rubbishing Singh`s charge that Nitish Kumar was taking
credits for the schemes financed by the Centre, Modi said
there were 40 major schemes launched by the NDA in Bihar and
expenses on them were being borne from the state`s own
resources.

On failure of the state government to implement
special schemes for minorities in Araria, he said, "There is
no substance in it.

"We have utilised the funds earmarked for minorities
for the selected districts and the prime minister, we believe,
may not be aware of it."

PTI