Unbecoming of PM to speak against Bihar`s development: Advani

Senior BJP leader LK Advani hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, saying it is "unbecoming" on the part of PM to question the role of Nitish Kumar government in Bihar`s development.

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2010, 15:12 PM IST

Bhagalpur/Banka: Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, saying it is "unbecoming" on
the part of PM to question the role of Nitish Kumar government in Bihar`s development.

"It is quite unbecoming on the part of the Prime Minister to castigate the state government`s development when several observers, including the Planning Commission and even some from abroad appreciated the work in the past five years," Advani told election rallies in both the places.

"Earlier, the Prime Minister and Congress president criticised the Nitish Kumar government for not properly utilising resources provided by the Centre and now they are
speaking against development," he said.

Advani said "the funds the state receives is not from the pocket of the Congress party or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It is the hard earned money of you and I and it is not
given to states at anybody`s mercy."

Hitting back at Sonia Gandhi`s statement at election rallies at Bhagalgapur and Begusrai yesterday that no development had taken place in Bihar during the past 20 years, Advani said "they should know as the Congress too was a partner for more than seven years in the 15 year-rule of RJD."

He was referring to Congress extending support to the erstwhile Rabri government in 1998 and subsequently sharing power with the RJD for five years.

Pitching for introduction of American system of debate, Advani said it would be better if the Election Commission took initiative to organised a debate between Nitish Kumar and his political opponents.

"If RJD president Lalu Prasad and his LJP counterpart Ram Vilas Paswan shy away from a debate with Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi, then they should ask Rabri Devi," he remarked.

"People have punished the Lalu regime`s corruption, anarchy and jungle raj and about which even the high court observed," he said.

It was time, he said, to reward Nitish Kumar for doing exceedingly well for the state`s development which was perceptible in every field.

PTI