PATNA: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Gaya, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today took a jibe at his government, saying the Centre responds and acts only on networking site Twitter.
Kumar also questioned the Prime Minister on various promises made by his government including return of black money, enhanced MSP to farmers and special status to Bihar among others.
"Apparently you didn't have time to respond to these earlier. Hope you'll do it now. Reposting for your ready reference," Kumar said in his tweet messages hours before the PM's rally.
Taking a jibe at Modi with whom he has a running political battle since long, the chief minister said, "Finally we have a government that could be truly called a "Union Twitter Government" that listens, acts and responds only on twitter.
"Modiji even though you didn’t answer my questions, was heartening to see you open your speech at Muzaffarpur taking cognisance of my tweets," the chief minister said. Kumar, who had posed some questions ahead of the PM's rally in Muzaffarpur on July 25 last, repeated them to set the tone for a fresh round of political spat with him in view of state Assembly election later this year.
"First U-turn on MSP, then your apathy towards farmers' distress and finally your new land bill. Is this what you promised to farmers?" Kumar questioned. "People are awaiting to get Rs 15-20 lakh from the black money you promised to bring back from abroad. Could we hear something on this?" goes the second query.
"You promised special status for Bihar. 14 months and people are still awaiting," the chief minister sought to know from the Prime Minister.
Other questions were related to loss of about Rs 50,000 crore to Bihar due to withdrawal of BRGF (Backward Regional Grant Fund) after 14th Finance Commission report.
He also raked up the issue of appointment of new Governor Ram Nath Kovind. "Those who talk about cooperative federalism, forget about consulting, they do not even inform the CM before appointing the Governor. Amazing," Kumar tweeted.
The Gaya rally of the prime minister is the second one after the one in Muzaffarpur to drum up support for NDA in the ensuing state poll.
BJP President Amit Shah and all prominent leaders of NDA including LJP chief and Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan, former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) President Upendra Kushwaha and Sushil Kumar Modi will be present on the occasion.