Kumar had demanded that instead of issuing "vague clarification" for smart city selection, the Centre must "disclose parameters of so called 'competition' and how each city fared".

No city in Bihar could make it to the first list of 20 cities selected for the project. Naidu in a series of tweets said, "The process for selection of smart cities has been rigorous, extensive and transparent. Instead of indulging in blame game these states should gear up and improve their proposals for the second round."

He noted the gap analysis has already been communicated to the states that missed out in the first round. Apart from Bhubaneshwar, the cities in the first batch are Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bhopal, NDMC area of Delhi, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Solapur, Davanagere, Indore, Coimbatore, Kakinada, Belagavi, Udaipur, Guwahati and Ludhiana.

Altogether 100 cities are to be developed into smart cities as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious programme.

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