Patna, Feb. 17: Chief minister Nitish Kumar criticised the interim budget presented by Union finance minister P. Chidambaram.
Talking to reporters, Nitish said: “Given the upcoming general elections, the Centre has just tried to describe the government’s work in the last 10 years through the interim budget. The budget was a cheating with Bihar and other backward states. It does not have anything except tales of the UPA’s failure.”
He added: “Under the UPA government, the financial condition of the country was not good. Bad financial management led to stagnation of development work. Due to contradictory thought, things could not progress, which was mentioned in last year’s budget. The budget is not in a position to give anything to Bihar.”
Nitish stressed that the interim budget would not help them in the election. “The government has just patted itself in the back and failed to create hope for common citizens. There is a feeling of disappointment among people, who feel cheated,” he said.
Nitish attacked the Centre on special category status to Bihar. “The last budget mentioned about giving a new definition to backwardness and we welcomed it, but this budget does not have a single line on it. Things were moving in the right direction but the government backed out, either because of pressure from their supporter or because of some personal reasons. The Centre was capable of granting us special category without placing the committee report in the National Development Council. They could have taken their own decision.”
Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Legislative Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav said the Centre’s interim budget was nothing more than an election budget and was very disappointing as well.