The decision would strengthen Centre-state ties no doubt, but, "It has come at a time when the Presidential election is being held... The message it gives is that it is not a package but bribe," Mishra said.
The BJP leader said the allocation should have been made either before or after the Presidential election.
Lucknow: Taking a jibe at Planning Commission approval of Rs 57,000 crore for Uttar Pradesh a day before the Presidential poll, senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra on Thursday said the move smacked of "bribe" to garner votes.
First Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 17:32