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House numbers test for Nitish

- Sushil attacks govt on funds use & agro roadmap

Patna, Feb. 11: The BJP has decided to pressure the Nitish Kumar government to move a trust motion during the budget session of the state legislature commencing from January 14.

“We have demanded the chief minister to submit the list of the 122 MLAs supporting his government on the floor to Governor D.Y. Patil,” said BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, before adding: “To our knowledge, four Congress MLAs and a CPI MLA have so far not submitted their formal letter of support to the government to the governor.”

Following the JD(U)-BJP split in June last year, Nitish won the trust vote when the governor asked him to do so. He then had 118 JD(U) MLAs, including Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary. The party lost two of its MLAs — Maharajganj MLA Damodar Singh passed away recently and Sahebpur Kamal MLA Parveen Amanullah resigned from the membership of the House. The JD(U)’s strength has come down to 116 MLAs.

Modi said it warranted upon Nitish to seek fresh trust vote in the wake of the changed composition of the House.

Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of his weekly janata durbar, Modi again attacked Nitish for ignoring agriculture in the state.

The former deputy chief minister, Modi, said eight states, including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar, received the Krishi Karman awards. But Nitish was trying to impress as if only Bihar had won the credit, he said.

Modi said: “In the 2013-14 financial year, of Rs 2,176.75 crore earmarked for agriculture, the department spent only Rs 972.87 crore till December with half the money left unused.”

Similarly, of the 70 indicators on the agriculture roadmap, there is no growth on 32 indicators.

Modi made light of Nitish’s efforts for forging a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative Third Front alliance as being full of confusion.


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