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Govt’s Bihar package not adequate,say JD(U),BJP

After having fought with each other over possible candidature of Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate,alliance partners BJP and JD-U on Friday joined together to attack the Centre on the Rs 12,000-crore Backward Region Grant Fund allocation in the 12th Five-Year Plan.

Written by Express News Service | Patna | Published: April 20, 2013 2:13:55 am

After having fought with each other over possible candidature of Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate,alliance partners BJP and JD-U on Friday joined together to attack the Centre on the Rs 12,000-crore Backward Region Grant Fund allocation in the 12th Five-Year Plan.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi said their government had demanded Rs 20,000 crore but got only Rs 12,000 crore under the scheme.

“We are not at all satisfied with what we got. The CM has already expressed his dissatisfaction over the matter. The UPA government has not done anything extra for us,” JD(U) state chief Bashistha Narayan Singh said,reacting to the announcement.

Singh said no political meaning should be taken out of such central grants,which were formula-driven and given to several states to push development.

The JD(U),however,did not launch an offensive against the Congress and reiterated its “legitimate” demands of special category status to Bihar.

The Bihar Deputy CM alleged that the Centre had been playing tricks with Bihar. “It is not part of any special package. We have already been getting special package since bifurcation of Jharkhand from Bihar. It was continuation of what the NDA government at the Centre had initiated.”

Modi said Bihar gor Rs 1,800 crore less in 2013-14 as against the previous year. He added that the UPA government should “stop the canard of walking extra mile to support Bihar”.

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