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Rahul still learning, speaks what his team tells him to: BJP

Last Updated: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 20:50

New Delhi: Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi,
BJP on Saturday said it will not criticise the Congress general
secretary as "he is still learning and speaks what his team
tells him to do" but took exception to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh calling the NDA government in Bihar a failure.

"I do not want to say anything against Rahul Gandhi as
he speaks what his team tells him to. If his team did not do
its homework properly, it is not Rahul Gandhi`s fault. But the
prime minister is a renowned economist and he should not make
such statements," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad
He was speaking to reporters about the statements of
Rahul and Singh in Congress election rallies in Bihar on the
failures of the JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar.

Prasad said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been
declared one of the best chief ministers on parameters of
development by various government agencies, including the
Planning Commission and Indian Statistical Institute.

"Rahul is still learning so I would not say anything.
But the Prime Minister is answerable. Mr Prime Minister, you
should explain who is speaking the truth. You or the Planning
Commission? You or the Indian Statistical Institute," Prasad

The Rajya Sabha MP alleged that Congress was equally
responsible for 15 years of "misrule" by RJD chief Lalu Prasad
as the two parties have been allies since 1991.

"The Rabri Devi government had 22 Congress members as
ministers. Congress has been party to the fodder scam and the
bitumen scam in Bihar. Congress is guilty not only of a
conspiracy of silence but also of willing assistance," Prasad
The senior BJP leader alleged that the UPA government
had meted out "step-motherly" treatment to the NDA regime in

"Central assistance to states is given under well-laid
norms like the Gadgil formula. But the Central government has
given step-motherly treatment to non-UPA governments. During
the Kosi floods, the prime minister visited the state and said
it was a natural calamity but hardly any funds were provided,"
Prasad said.

He maintained that though Nitish Kumar had asked for
16,000 crore the Centre gave a meagre amount and he is now
seeking help from the World Bank to provide relief to the


First Published: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 20:50
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