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A Rs 5-crore question

Gujarat govt will give cheque of Rs 5 crore as donation towards flood relief to Nitish Kumar

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Nitish Kumar, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Durbar Hall
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the swearing-in ceremony of Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

Gujarat Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama is slated to arrive in Patna on Thursday to give Bihar Chief Minister a cheque of Rs 5 crore as donation towards flood relief. The move has given Janata Dal-United’s (JD-U) ally-turned-rival Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) more ammunition to run down Kumar and his party. The cites a 2010 incident when Kumar returned a cheque of the same amount that then Gujarat chief minister had offered him; Kumar had also cancelled a dinner organised for the Bharatiya Janata Party brass. Pointing out that circumstances are different in 2017, JD-U leaders insisted that the Gujarat government had been “sensitive” towards Bihar and that some other states were also thinking of offering aid to Bihar in its flood relief work.

First Published: Thu, September 07 2017. 22:43 IST