Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi Rs 1.25 lakh crore development package for Bihar.
Nitish said, “The much hyped package is nothing but an audacious and brazen effort to narrate a fairy tale to the people of Bihar. Rs 1.08 lakh crore out of Rs 1.25 lakh crore is mere repackaging and appropriation of old schemes and ongoing projects announced in the past.”
Nitish added, “Barely, Rs.10,500 crore out of Rs. 1.25 lakh crore could be called an incremental benefit.”
Nitish has also said that not just the NDA but the entire central govt is also trying to project the Bihar package in a big way.
Modi had announced Rs 1.25 lakh crore package for Bihar in his political rally at Arah on August 18. The announcement was made ahead of the upcoming polls in Bihar, scheduled later this year.
Nitish also questioned Modi, “When will the special package be implemented? In 1 year? 3 years? 5 years? And will Centre implement directly or through the state?”
Since Modi announced the special financial package for Bihar, his political rivals have stepped up attack against him calling his package opportunistic.
He was also accused of ‘insulting’ the people of Bihar as they felt that the PM was attempting to carry out an auction for the state. Congress’ Jairam Ramesh had called him an ‘Auction PM.’
Modi is also facing heat from what many view as a new political alliance against him after Nitish Kumar shared stage with his Delhi counterpart, Arvind Kejriwal recently in the capital.