New Delhi: Chief Ministers of two NDA
ruled states today 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
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
"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.