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New Delhi: Apparently countering Nitish Kumar's allegations that the Centre was not paying attention to the needs of minorities in poll-bound Bihar, Union Minister Salman Khurshid has shot off a letter to the Chief Minister claiming that a key minority scheme has suffered a "setback" due to lack of prompt action by his government.

"District plans for minority concentrated districts (MCD) of Bihar have already been considered in five meetings of this ministry, but plans for only Rs 240.50 crore could be approved even after two years of launching of the programme as the proposals made in the district plan were not found to be in consonance with the guidelines of Multi Sectoral Development Plans," Khurshid said in a letter to Kumar.

Earlier in last week, Congress declared its plans to come out with a "chargesheet" against Nitish Kumar government in poll bound Bihar "to expose its hollow claims" of development and will highlight the achievements of the Centre to woo  electorate in the Assembly elections there.


"We will highlight failures of the state government on the development front. The central government's schemes are not being properly implemented in the state," AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik, who is the party in-charge for Bihar, told PTI in an interview.


In the run up to the crucial Assembly Elections in the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accuses the Congress of playing politics on the promised Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) centre in Kishanganj. He also accused the ruling party at the centre of backtracking on the promised funds for the Multi Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP), launched in seven districts in Bihar for achieving an all-round development of the minorities.


Strongly decrying the politics allegedly being played by the Congress in the name of the establishment of an extended unit of Aligarh Muslim Univesity (AMU) at Kishanganj, he said, "After the state government had readily made the land available, the ball was ''truly on the court of the Centre.''


Nitish Kumar remarked that the Congress had the knack of bursting on the scene in a ''new avatar'' every fifteenth or twentieth year and held it squarely responsible for all the alleged ills plaguing the country.





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