Celebration of Bihar day a wastage of public money: Paswan
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 17:44
  
Patna: LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan on Tuesday took a swipe at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, terming the three-day Bihar Diwas celebrations as a "wastage of public money aimed at gaining political mileage in the election year."

He said both the RJD and the LJP boycotted an official function marking the event yesterday.

"It is being organised to improve image of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the election year. The hard earned money of people was being looted by ruling NDA dispensation in the name of organising functions..," Paswan charged.

"The state government had invested the money to showcase its achievements and to create an illusion in the minds of people of Bihar that the state was economically sound and would achieve the growth rate of 15 per cent by the end of 2015 and would become a developed state," he told reporters here before leaving for New Delhi.

Paswan advocated for increasing the parliamentary seats in the country from the present 543 to 814 so that proper representation could be provided to women and the candidates belonging to SC/ST and other castes deserving reservations.

Paswan ruled out any differences between RJD and LJP over seat sharing during upcoming assembly elections and claimed that the alliance was intact and they would contest the elections to unseat the NDA government headed by Nitish Kumar.

"The alliance between RJD and LJP is intact and the two parties will take on the might of the NDA during the assembly elections in Bihar," Paswan said, addresing a gathering here at the centenary celebration of veteran socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohaia.

Paswan said naxalism was "related to poverty" and unless socio-economic problems of people were not mitigated, naxalites would not lay down their arms. He asked the government to launch schemes aimed at bringing this section of the society to the main stream.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 17:44


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