Nitish and Kejriwal says Centre "anti-poor and anti-farmer"

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Patna, Aug 27: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumr today jointly attacked the Centre calling it "anti-poor and anti-farmer" and asserted that the people will give it a "befitting reply".

Participating in a discussion 'How to empower citizens through efficient public service system' organised to mark the implementation of Right to Public Service with Nitish Kumar, Kejriwal tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

Nitish, Kejriwal slam Centre

"The Central government is anti-poor and anti-farmer. It talks about cooperative federalism, but does just opposite. It declared null and void our decision to enhance per acre acquisition compensation to farmers in Delhi from Rs 57 lakh to Rs 3.5 crore. Actually it is a null-and void government working at the Centre," Kejriwal said. "The DNA of Bihar has been questioned despite the fact that the entire history of our country is full of great persons from this state.

They (BJP) had done the same mistake before Delhi polls when I was called a naxal and my 'gotra' (lineage) was said to be of an 'upadravi' (anarchist). The people told it that they would not remain silent." Kejriwal was referring to Modi's attack on Kumar at a political rally at Muzaffarpur.

The Delhi CM also slammed the prime minister over the way he had announced Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar at a recent function at Ara. "It seemed as if he was auctioning Bihar by asking how much package should be given, whether Rs 60,000 crore or Rs 70,000 crore. It was an effort to buy the people of Bihar. The people of this state cannot be bought so cheap.

They will not remain silent and give a befitting reply for this," he added. Kejriwal said there were two models of governance in the country. The one at the Centre wants to take away land from farmers and the people were disenchanted with it. The other is the Delhi government which works for the people and not merely for the rich and corporate houses.

The Delhi Chief Minister spoke of his government's achievements in bringing down electricity bills of people in Delhi by providing subsidy of Rs 1,200 crore and providing 20,000 litres of free water to every family each month.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said "Delhi will get full statehood and Bihar will get special category status if people of both states unite. There are difficulties on the way, but we will have to face them."

Modi, he said, had declared one per cent of the GDP as special package for Bihar but there was no buzz about it in the Union Finance ministry. "This is a thing to worry about. I have spoken about it not being a package, but just repackaging. In any case I will divulge further details later as this is not the correct forum to do so," Kumar said. 

PTI 

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