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Refugee concern for BJP

The BJP is “serious” about the day-to-day troubles faced by erstwhile refugees in Bihar.

“They do not get the basic facilities and normal living conditions,” former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters here on Monday.

The party has demanded a separate welfare commission for the betterment of Bangladeshi refugees, who migrated here in 1947-48 but are deprived of basic facilities. “The party is serious about creation of a separate welfare commission for them in case the BJP comes to power,” Modi said.

He also accused the Nitish Kumar government of “delaying the setting up of Central University in Motihari”.

“The state government was still to make use of the initial fund of Rs 200 crore allotted by the Centre towards acquisition of land for the purpose,” the BJP leader said.

Members of Parliament Radha Mohan Singh, Rama Devi and BJP state spokesperson Azfar Shamshi were also present at the meet.

Calling Nitish a tyrant, Modi said: “Because of his dictatorial conduct, he has already lost a number of trusted lieutenants and party colleagues in the past, and, finally, it resulted in the NDA breaking up in June 2013. Nitish is solely responsible for the split,” he said.

Instead of Nitish’s demand for special status to Bihar, the former deputy chief minister stressed on a special package of Rs 50,000 crore to the state because that would bring “overall development in Bihar”.

He termed the chief minister’s demand for special status to Bihar as superfluous because “it was just an eyewash for the innocent people of the state”.

“Except some tax relief to the newly set up industrial units, practically, it (the special status) would not do any good to the larger interest of people,” said Modi.

He added that the all-round development of the state was possible only with the help of a special financial package.