Nitish slams Congress over Central assistance claims
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 19:09
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today accused top Congress leaders, including party chief Sonia Gandhi, of misleading people by falsely claiming that the Centre had increased financial assistance to the state.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and union ministers went on claiming the UPA government had increased central assistance to Bihar, Kumar said.

"I have questioned the claim in the past and am doing so yet again seeking to know the quantum of additional funds they have given to the state," he told reporters.

What the state had received from the Centre was its due share from central taxes and the mandatory allocation of funds by the Planning Commission and no additional funds, he said.

If the Congress had in mind the special assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for Kosi flood relief in 2008, it was not a favour of any form, the chief minister claimed.

Central assistance to the states have come down 23 per cent during the UPA rule as compared to those made during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's NDA regime, he said.

Refuting another claim of the Congress that central funds allocated to Bihar by the UPA were more than those allocated by the Vajpayee government, Kumar said, "There is no logic behind the claim. As the GDP has increased over the years, it has led to rise in gross budgetary support at the disposal of the Centre."

On Rahul Gandhi's allegation of exodus of labourers due to lack of jobs in the state, Kumar said there has been a substantial check in such migration now because of a lot of new employment opportunities were being created under various state projects.


First Published: Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 19:09

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