Patna,(BiharTimes): Two days after praising the Union Finance Minister, P Chidambaram, to sky the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday strongly criticized the UPA government in the Centre and called it inflationary.
Talking to media he lashed out at the Manmohan Singh government over the recent hike in petrol prices, saying the other name of the ruling Congress Party at the Centre is inflation.
This time without taking the name of Chidambaram he took a dig at his ministry. The chief minister said sometimes the price of petrol, diesel and rail fare is hiked and sometimes the price of essential commodities is increased. The other name of Congress party is inflation party. The prices will continue to rise till the party is ruling.
Chief minister’s Saturday statement has further confused the scenario as to what actually is the policy of Janata Dal (United). Immediately after the presentation of budget the party chief Sharad Yadav strongly criticized it. Similarly, the state deputy chief minister-cum-finance minister, Sushil Kumar Modi, too came down heavily on it stating that Bihar has been let down by the Budget. But at the same time Nitish went on to praise Chidambaram for just making reference about special category status and Nalanda University in the Union Budget.
On Friday once again Sushil Modi strongly criticized the Union Budget, but Nitish remained silent. Even the BJP and Janata Dal (United) ministers clashed in the state Assembly.
By Saturday the Bihar chief minister switched his gear once again and blamed Chidambaram’s ministry for inflation.
Political observers are of the view that Nitish’s flip-flop over Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial candidate may be understandable, but the way he is changing his stand on every issue quite frequently is a cause of concern for the party rank and file. The party’s senior leader and spokesmen are concerned over what they say whimsical way in which things are being taken up in Bihar.