1 9/03/2013


Nitish meets PM, FM


Patna,(BiharTimes): A day after the Adhikar Rally Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman, Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

On a question about a limit for the demand to be met Nitish told reporters that time frame has automatically been fixed as elections are due in 2014. If they do something in this period, they can get the benefit of it, he added.

He said it would be a matter of great happiness if the Union government moved towards meeting his demand.

He said he had left it to the Finance Minister. “From what they have told me, it seems they will fulfil what they have promised,” the chief minister said.

Meanwhile, the Congress party on Monday said the central government would consider demands for financial assistance to Bihar sympathetically.

The party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters in New Delhi that there has been no discrimination towards any state, irrespective of which party rules it. If Bihar wants any type of assistance, it would be sympathetically considered.

At the same time, the party saw no possibility of special status for the state and said that the issue should not be politicised.

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