Nitish demands NDC meeting to discuss railways 'misuse' by Lalu

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Patna, Oct 29 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today accused RJD supremo Lalu Yadav of attacking the countrys federal structure by misusing the railways for his political gains and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene a meeting of National Development Council(NDC) on the issue.

Speaking to newspersons during his weekly junta darbar here at his official residence, Mr Kumar said that by using railway for his chetavani rally, Mr Prasad has attacked on the federal structure of the country and such use of central property was objectionable.

He urged the Centre to institute a probe into the matter and call a meeting of NDC to discuss the issue. Mr Kumar said he would write to the Chief Ministers of other states for a proper discussion on the matter.

He said the rally was a big flop which failed to lure the masses to historic Gandhi maidan. He said, as per the data available Gandhi maidan has the capacity to accommdate a gathering of 3.6 lakhs while only one-fourth of the ground was filled with the supporters which was approval of the fact that a large section of the society had dissociated themselves from the rally.

When asked about Lalus Bhagawan rally(driving out rally) after the chetavani rally to dislodge his government, Mr Kumar said when he came to power, his government had promised to work for development with justice and was fulfilling the committments.

Reacting to the promise of the RJD supremo to the poor among upper caste for ten per cent reservation, he said it would be decided by the Centre and he too would stick to that.

Criticising the RJD superemo for branding him as an 'accidental' Chief Minister, Mr Kumar said ''I wish Mr Prasad continues with railway portfolio and make it constant profitable ministry'' and added that Mr Prasad had great misunderstanding and would be proved wrong in the next election.

When asked about his meeting with the Prime Minister in Delhi, he said the main issues which were discussed with him include approval of calamity relief fund for the state. He said the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have agreed to give subsidy of Rs 200 crore to Bihar for which Centres approval was required. Apart from this a request for sanctioning additional 300 MW electricity to the state was also made to resolve the ongoing power crisis. Allotment of coal block to support the NTPC projects in the state was also one of the major points of discussions with the Prime Minister, he said.

Mr Kumar said he had also requested the Prime Minister for the approval of N N Singh commissions recommendation of awarding compensation to the Bhagalpur riot victims on the line of anti-sikh riot victims and uplinking of major rivers in the state to cope with the problem of flood.

UNI

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