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Modi’s Bihar package “mere repackaging of old schemes”: Nitish

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Wednesday that the amount of Rs. 1.25 lakh crore announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a special package for the state’s development was nothing but a “mere repackaging of old schemes.”

nitish-kumar-2“A closer look reveals that against the claim of Rs.1.25 lakh crore, at least Rs.1.08 lakh crore worth projects is nothing but a mere repackaging of old schemes,” Nitish Kumar tweeted.

He said this included appropriation of pre-approved allocations for old ones and continued contribution to ongoing schemes which were announced by various ministries at different points of time in the past.

“Further, few new line items, totalling to the tune of about Rs.6,000 crore, are a part of the package for which there is not even a shred of evidence of planning or work on ground,” he added.

“Thus, in totality, at very best, the so called Rs.1.25 lakh crore package will not provide anything more than Rs.10,368 crore as additional or incremental resource to the state of Bihar.

“This, Rs.10,368 crore, too in the absence of a defined timeline or disbursement modalities, hardly means anything to the state,” added the Janata Dal-United leader.

Modi announced the Bihar package on August 18 while addressing an election campaign rally at Arrah.

With inputs from IANS

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Mamata Accused Parties for Spreading Hatred, Called ‘Shameless Politics’

Banerjee's comments have come two days after she had accused the Narendra Modi government of "politicising" the Pulwama terror attack.

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Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Wikimedia

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Wednesday accused certain political parties and people holding constitutional positions in the country of rumour-mongering and spreading hatred in the society, and termed it “shameless politics”.

“One section of political parties/groups along with people holding constitutional positions are indulging in rumour-mongering, spreading hatred with dangerous statements. Even journalists are not spared. This is shameless politics. What levels of polluted politics have we descended to?” she wrote on Twitter without naming any particular political outfit.

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Mamata Banerjee accused Modi government of “politicising” the Pulwama terror attack. Flickr

Banerjee’s comments have come two days after she had accused the Narendra Modi government of “politicising” the Pulwama terror attack and demanded its ouster for “failure” to take precautionary measures despite an intelligence alert of a possible attack.

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The Trinamool Congress supremo and her senior party leaders, including Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, have also claimed the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were “using the Pulwama incident” to incite communal violence in the state. (IANS)