Patna: Soon after returning from New Delhi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that if the Centre fails to take any immediate and productive decision over coal linkage to the state and increasing state’s share of power from NTPC projects, it would signify latter’s double standard and step-motherly treatment with Bihar.

Earlier on Friday, Nitish Kumar met the Prime Minister and submitted a memorandum regarding power requirements of the state.

Notably, Bihar's power generation capacity stands at only 0.24 percent on the national index and after the creation of Jharkhand the per capita energy consumption of Bihar has gone up to 122.11 units against the national average of 778.71 units.

Nitish adamant on visiting Mumbai

Despite threatening from Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) over the celebration of Bihar Utsav in Mumbai, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that he will go there to attend the function at any cost and would say whatever he wants.

Kumar’s statement came in the wake of MNS’s charge that Nitish is hurting sentiments of Marathis by organizing state’s centenary in Mumbai. MNS’s vice-president Vageesh Saraswat had also questioned Nitish’s move to celebrate Bihar Utsav by saying, ‘If you (Nitish) are celebrating your state’s foundation day in New Delhi, there is logic behind it -- New Delhi is the national capital -- but celebrating the foundation day of Bihar in Mumbai is completely wrong.’

The Bihar Shatabdi Utsav celebration in Mumbai is slated for April 15. A rally would be taken out at Somaiya Ground to mark the celebration. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will attend the function organized by the Bihar Foundation. Notably, since last three years, the event (Bihar Utsav) was being organised at Shanmukhananda Hall auditorium. This will be the first time that Bihar Utsav will be organized in an open ground.

Nitish discusses CAG report

Few days after the CAG report indicted the Bihar Government for severe fiscal mismanagement in abstract contingent (AC) bills and detailed contingency (DC) bills, Nitish Kumar during his visit to national Capital had met CAG Vinod Rai at his official residence.

The CAG report had highlighted that the state government failed to submit the DC bills for Rs 22,000 crore which were withdrawn through AC bills.

The state government had even failed to make available utilisation certificates to CAG for subsidy grant of Rs 8,465 crore.

The fresh CAG report has given an opportunity to the Opposition to criticize the Nitish government which once again reiterated its demand of a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities.

(JPN/Bureau)