Bihar taking credit for central schemes: Sonia

August 19th, 2010 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Accusing the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government of passing off some of the central schemes as its own, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday asked the party workers to make people aware of “false claims”.
Addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting here, Gandhi said the party was geared up to face the upcoming assembly polls in Bihar, where it is fighting on its own.

“In many states, including Bihar, schemes and programmes funded by the central government are appropriated by the state governments which then claim credit which justifiably belongs to the centre. This is where we as party workers must actively engage ourselves in making people aware of these false claims and projecting the tangible accomplishments of our government,” Gandhi said.

She said Congress was the only party with “an inclusive development agenda” and Bihar had received large financial assistance from the United Progressive Alliance government.

“Never before has Bihar received so much financial assistance from the centre for development and welfare programmes. This is the essential message that we need to communicate to the people of Bihar,” she said.

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