Nitish misleading people on Ganga Treaty: RJD



Patna: Opposition RJD on Tuesday accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of misleading people on the 1996 Ganga Water Sharing Treaty and demanded that he take back his comments against erstwhile Lalu Prasad government on the issue.

RJD leader MP Jagdanand Singh claimed that the erstwhile RJD government had strongly opposed the Ganga water sharing with Bangladesh much before and after the treaty.

Kumar had yesterday accused the erstwhile Lalu Prasad government in the state and the Centre of having ignored the interests of Bihar while signing the treaty.

''The erstwhile Lalu Prasad government had not even objected to the treaty,'' he had said.

Singh, the water resource minister in Prasad's cabinet, told newsmen that RJD had lodged its protests with the Centre against the treaty. ''Nitish Kumar should have gone through the documents first before levelling charges.''

He said due to the protests by the then RJD government the union water resource ministry, Central Water Commission and Ganga Flood Control Committee had a meeting soon after the treaty and the Centre had promised that the interests of the state would not be ignored or compromised following the accord.

PTI