PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who returned to the BJP in July last today claimed the state had got more than what he had expected in the general budget.
“It would not be correct to say that Bihar has been ignored in the Union Budget. The state’s share in tax revenue has been put at Rs 76,000 crore. Our own expectation was much less than that. The decision (for the political realignment) was taken in the interests of Bihar,” Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI on Monday.
Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav contested the claim of the chief minister saying the state was completely ignored in the budget despite it having “double engines”.
To a query, the chief minister said his party still stands by the demand for grant of special status to Bihar but “there is a process involved therein”.
He further claimed that the NDA would win the next 2019 LS elections.