Centre hampering dev in our states: NDA CMs

Chief Ministers of two NDA ruled states on Tuesday accused the Centre of adopting a non-cooperative attitude towards states where UPA partners are not in power and hampering the process of development.

New Delhi: Chief Ministers of two NDA
ruled states on Tuesday accused the Centre of adopting a
non-cooperative attitude towards states where UPA partners are
not in power and hampering the process of development.

"If you are ruling at the Centre and your party is not
in power in state, it does not mean you will try to obstruct
the functioning of the state government," Bihar Chief Minister
and JD-U leader Nitish Kumar said addressing a function here.
He said "the coalition at the Centre should not
disturb the coalition of the states and should not nurture the
greed to finish the other coalition to form a government of
its own."

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan
from BJP alleged that a number of development schemes in his
state are pending due to obstructions put by the Centre.

"We were going ahead with the construction of
Maheshwar dam. All of a sudden a letter came from Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh asking for halting the work. I have
been making rounds of Delhi Durbar since then but to no avail.

"There are so many obstructions. The thinking that a
government which is not of our own party should not be helped
because it can again come to power if it gives results is
wrong. This impedes development," Chauhan said while speaking
on the topic `Coalition Government and Rapid Growth`.

The Bihar Chief Minister alleged that central
ministers were also levelling "unnecessary" allegations
against such state governments just to suit the interests of
their party.

"Some people say no work is taking place in Bihar.
Ministers say investment did not come... There are thousands
of proposals for opening power plants in Bihar but where is
the coal linkage.
"In the 11th five year plan, there was not a single
coal linkage for Bihar. Now we are pinning our hopes on the
12th plan. We have a number of proposals for Ethanol but there
is no permission from the Centre," Kumar said.

Kumar also rued that the Centre provided little
assistance for Kosi flood victims even when the Prime Minister
had declared it a national calamity.

On the issue of coalition government, Kumar said
coalitions work better if there is consensus on policies,
adding he himself had no problem in running a coalition
government in Bihar.

Maintaining that "single party rule leads to
dictatorship", Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh
Badal said that his party Akali Dal`s experience in running a
coalition government with BJP has been encouraging.

Taking a dig at the Centre over the recent phone
tapping controversy, Kumar recalled how the government led by
late Prime Minister Chandrashekhar had to go because two
constables of Haryana police were found moving outside the
residence of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

"....but now a lot of things are being seen. You can
hear anyone`s phone call. Then the Home Minister says it was
not authorised. This makes it all the more serious and even if
it is not authorised anyone`s phone can be tapped," Kumar

Kumar also alluded to the recent flip flop of RJD
chief Lalu Prasad and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on the
issue of cut motion in which they bailed out the government by
staging a walk out from Lok Sabha and choosing not to vote for
the motion.

The Bihar Chief Minister, however, disapproved of
post-poll alliances.

"The agreements in post-poll alliances are
opportunistic. See what kind of coalition is running here. How
people are forced into submission. Those opposing the
government strongly all of a sudden go silent," he said.

On the issue of Maoist menace, Chauhan said that
Naxalism is not only a law and order problem and needs to
be looked in a broader perspective.
"As long as exploitation does not end and common man
do not get justice, the anger towards the system will continue
to foster," he said.

Chauhan, however, rejected the contention that his
views are against the party line.

"My stand is not different from the party. Nobody
supports violence. Those who engage in violence should be
dealt with sternly... but there is a feeling among tribals,
who live in jungles that they have not got justice," he said.

Chauhan said as long as the light of development does
not reach to common men, talks of growth rate are irrelevant.
He also touched upon socio-economic development of Adivasis
and problem of displacement in wake of industrialisation.

Both Kumar and Chauhan welcomed the introduction of
the Right to Education Act but said the Centre should meet the
financial burden for it.

Chauhan also favoured simultaneous elections for both
Lok Sabha and state assemblies to ensure uninterrupted
development, an idea which was supported by Kumar as well.

He also demanded fixing the tenure of Lok Sabha and
Assembly for five years and state funding of elections.

Praising Nitish Kumar for creating employment
opportunities in Bihar, Badal said that Kumar`s good work has
led to labour shortage in agriculture sector in Punjab forcing
the state government to take to mechanised farming.

"Every party has a target market. If you have
coalition government, the target market becomes bigger. But
pre-election coalitions are more stronger than post election
coalitions. Post election alliances are marked by clashes...,"
he said favouring coalition governments to one party rule.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the
era of coalition politics will gradually move towards
two-party or three-party rule, adding there is truth in the
common perception that alliance governments are not stable.

He at the same time maintained that UPA has been able
to give an "extraordinary coalition government".

Hooda said if there is a Common Minimum Programme and
absence of individual clashes, coalition governments can also
bring out rapid growths.