Congress played politics over Bihar floods: Nitish Kumar

May 11th, 2009 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, May 11 (IANS) Hitting out at the Congress, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a key ally of the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Monday accused the party of playing politics over last year’s devastating floods in the state.
“The centre had given immediate relief of Rs.1,000 crore (Rs.10 billion) when the Kosi floods devastated Bihar. Later, the central government sent a letter that you (Bihar) have enough money for the relief work so now return the Rs.1,000 crore,” Kumar told reporters here.

“People have seen the Kosi tragedy with their eyes, and asking back the relief money is injustice. We had asked for a Rs.14,800 crore package for rehabilitation but were granted only Rs.1,000 crore,” Kumar added.

The surging waters of the Kosi had flooded hundreds of villages in the state, leaving millions homeless.

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