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Nitish complains of shabby treatment by UPA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today launched a scathing attack on the UPA government, accusing it of neglecting states ruled by non-Congress political formations.

Addressing the NDA rally here, Kumar, who is being wooed by the Congress as well as others, did not mince his words while criticising the Congress and appealing to the Bihari migrant population in Punjab to vote for the NDA.

In the wake of the devastating floods in Bihar last year, he recalled, his government had asked for a generous central grant from the centreís calamity fund. But although Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he alleged, promised to give Rs 1,000 crore immediately and Rs 1,010 crore more as early as possible, not a penny was received by the state government.

But, the Bihar Chief Minister added with a flourish, soon after the election got over in the Kosi belt in his state, his government received a faxed message from the Centre, asking the state to return the unutilised amount. This is how they (UPA) treated people in Bihar, he said, and if people did not want this to be repeated, they should vote for the NDA in the last phase of polling on Wednesday.

The Bihar chief minister sat on the front row, next to BJP president Rajnath Singh and the partyís Prime Ministerial candidate L.K. Advani. He greeted Narendra Modi warmly when the latter arrived and the two clasped each otherís hands and later joined their arms and raised it for the benefit of the cheering crowd and the cameras.

Earlier at the Patna airport, Nitish Kumar had declared once again that there was no question of his joining any other political formation and that he was very much a part of the National Democratic Alliance.

On his return to Patna, Nitish was asked about his earlier vow of not sharing any political platform with Modi. A smiling Nitish Kumar replied that it was Modi who had shaken his hands, not the other way round.

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