Nitish Slams Center for Ignoring Bihar in Smart City Program


Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today lashed out at the Center for not selecting any city from the state in the list of 20 smart cities that the BJP government is planning to build. He said the Union government has no consideration to maintain the regional balance.

According to him, although the centre has sought proposal from the state for smart city, which was provided as per the requirement specified, no city found a place in the list.

“There is no ‘maryada’ (decency), ‘niyam’ (rules), neither they have any consideration to maintain regional balance,” Kumar, who is a senior leader of JD(U) said. “This is example of ‘andher nagri’ (misrule),” the Bihar CM said.

While asking about the BJPmocking him over the foundation laying of a six lane bridge across the Ganga, he said it is an inauguration for starting the work and not a foundation laying ceremony which had already been done before poll.Work would start on the bridge project intended to lower load over Gandhi Setu on Ganga at present after making arrangements for funding and other aspects.

“When they were with me, they used to insist that their name should be there on the foundation stone even in the condition of failing to turn up for the programme,” the CM said.

“Ram Vilas Paswan had got foundation laying of the rail-cum-road bridge from Digha to Sonepur by the then Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda without arranging fund for it. When I was Railway minister, I got the work started on the said project by the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee after allocation of fund for it,” he said.