Paswan charges NDA govt with abetting poverty and unemployment
Patna: Accusing the NDA government of abetting
poverty and unemployment in Bihar during its five year rule,
LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday alleged that the ruling
coalition failed to execute the rural job guarantee scheme
MGNREGA in the state.
The NDA government headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
performed poorly in execution of the flagship scheme in the
state by issuing job cards to only 1.29 crore persons as
against the total number of about six crores BPL people, he
told reporters here.
The NDA government failed miserably in execution of
the central scheme by providing work to only 29 lakh job card
holders and even those people were given work for only 29 days
against a minimum 100 days work to earn their livelihood, he
The LJP chief highlighted the spate of Naxal activities
during the NDA rule to substantiate his allegation of the
government's failure to cater to aspirations of the poor and
said the number of naxal-hit districts rose from six during
the RJD-led rule to 33 in the past five years.
He appealed to the Naxal outfits and their sympathisers to
join the mainstream and contest elections to highlight the
plight of the poor and downtrodden in the state.
Contrary to NDA government's tall claim of development, the
fact was that there has been significant increase in poverty
during the present regime, he said.
Paswan came down heavily on the Chief Minister for
promising job reservation for upper castes in JD-U manifesto
and asked what prevented him from giving quota to them if he
had a will to do so.
If the state government was serious about providing job
reservation to the upper castes, it could be done as there was
no bar on increasing quota limit as was the case in a number
of southern states, he asked.
The LJP chief came to the rescue of RJD which has been
under fire from all quarters for "non-development" during its
15 years' rule and said the matter was a closed chapter as far
as he was concerned.
The impending assembly polls was being fought on the
present issues in Bihar and the NDA government was under
microscope and not his ally, RJD, Paswan said.
On the prospects of his coalition on 47 seats figuring in
the first phase on October 21, Paswan exuded confidence that
the RJD-LJP combine will win two-third of the seats as there
was a wave in its favour across the Seemanchal region.