Tejashwi replies to NITI Aayog CEO for blaming Bihar for India's backwardness

WION Web Team Patna, Bihar, India Apr 24, 2018, 03.59 PM(IST)

In photo: The RJD's Tejashwi Yadav. Photograph:( Twitter )

Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday slammed NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant’s statement blaming the state for India’s backwardness, saying the remark has exposed the mindset of “babus” in the Modi-led government.

"Bihar and Bihari`s pay equal taxes, contribute equally or more to governance and nation-building. Bihar gave 33 MPs to NDA, seven Union Ministers from Bihar, both State and Centre governments are of same party and alliance. But still, these Babus say Bihar is backward..." the former Deputy Chief Minister tweeted.

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"Modi has failed to grant special category status or special packages promised by him. Four years have passed, but nothing has happened so far, except 'jumlas' (hollow words)," he said.

While speaking at the first Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Memorial Lecture at Jamia Millia Islamia University, NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant said, "India was backward because of the eastern states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, especially on social indicators."

Kant said that the states in India's southern and western region were growing rapidly, but those like Bihar, UP and Chattisgarh were keeping the country backwards.