Patna: Opposition leaders in Bihar on Tuesday slammed the NDA government in the state after the Nitish administration released the Rs. 176,990 crore budget for the fiscal year 2018-19.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress leaders, as aniticipated, declared the budget dead on arrival as it had nothing for the poor and backwards of the state.
Leading the opposition camp was none other than RJD son of Lalu Prasad Yadav and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav who said that his party had a lot of hope from Nitish Kumar but in the end, the budget turned out to be a complete dud that contained a lot of bones but no flesh on them.
"It is obvious Nitish Kumar, since going back to the NDA, has dropped his demand for Special Status for Bihar. We all know the country cannot develop without the development of Bihar and yet there was no mention of special status in the state budget," the RJD leader said.
Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui had a different approach to criticize the budget.
"I was the real Finance Minister of Bihar because our party had come into power by winning elections unlike the BJP that seized power through the backdoor. Like Sushil Kumar Modi, this budget is also not the real stuff because it did not come from me. Moreover, the budget has slashed allocation for the minority welfare programs and that will not bode well for the NDA in the next state elections.
Congress leader and former minister Madan Mohan Jha also criticized the budget saying no one was happy with it as it did nothing for the ordinary people of Bihar.
Congress state President Kaukab Qadri also did not see anything worthwhile in the NDA budget saying it did not contain anything that would reduce poverty in Bihar and there was no mention of setting up large industries in the state.
"Nitish Kumar went to China five years ago and then to Japan last week but he did not bring any investment for Bihar from either of the two countries. It seems the budget was released in a hurry just to complete a formality," Qadri said.