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“Congress is more responsible for Bihar's backwardness”


Bihar deserves special State status: Modi


Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday said that the Congress was more responsible than the Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal for State's backwardness.

“Congress is more responsible than RJD for the State's backwardness. Faulty policies of the former Congress governments at Centre and in Bihar aggravated the State's backwardness,” Mr. Modi said while replying to a debate on the budgetary demands totalling to Rs. 65,325.87 crore for the period 20011-12 in the State Assembly.

Welcoming the suggestion of RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui in the House, Mr. Modi said the State Government would not hesitate to launch an agitation to press for the ‘legitimate and justified' demand for according special State status to Bihar.

“We will also take cooperation from the opposition parties to exert pressure on the Centre to realise the demand,” he said.

Mr. Modi said Bihar deserved the special State status because it met four out of the five parameters laid down by the Planning Commission and the Centre for the purpose. Mr. Modi said Centre should also fully compensate the loss of properties, crops and lives caused every year due to floods in the State caused by rivers originating in Nepal. The budgetary demands and related appropriation Bills were later passed by voice vote in the House. - PTI

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