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Sops before Bihar polls: PM Modi promises Rs 1.25 lakh crore to ‘change face of state’

Promising to ensure development in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today promised that the central government would give Rs 1.25 lakh crore for the development of Bihar. The announcement of a special package for the development of Bihar comes ahead of the declaration of poll dates which would bring into force the model code of conduct.

“I am announcing a package of Rs. 1.25 lakh crore. This package will change the face of Bihar,” Modi announced after inaugurating infrastructure projects worth Rs 9,700 in the state in Arrah.

The Prime Minister then said that the government would also be sanctioning Rs 40,000 crore for ongoing projects in the state to be completed.

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“Rs 1.25 crore plus Rs 40,000 crore for the existing projects. This totals to Rs. 1.65 lakh crore for the development of Bihar,” he said.

Modi said that he wanted to make the announcement of the special package for the state during an earlier visit to the state but had been prevented from doing so by the monsoon session of Parliament.

“I had said Bihar will be given a package of Rs. 50,000 crore. But I couldn’t talk about it during my last visit to the state due to Parliament,” he said.

He also took a moment to slam the previous UPA government saying that it had “played with the pride of Bihar” by allocating only Rs 12,000 crore for its development. He said that of that amount, Rs 1,000 crore was pending for use from the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government’s allocation.

The Prime Minister also hit out at the Bihar government over its inability to use funds allocated by the central government for the development of the state. He also mocked the state goverment for seeking funds for the state despite claiming the state was not part of the Bimaru states.

“Does a sick person go to a doctor or a healthy one? Some people claim that they are not sick and still keep asking for things, saying I want this, I want that,” he said to cheers from the crowd.

Prohibited weapons recovered from Congress leader’s house

“The weapons were recovered from a plot in west Delhi’s Bawana area after Delhi Police’s special cell got information about it during Neeraj Bawana’s interrogation,” said a senior police officer, adding that Shokeen who has been summoned following the recovery has not yet joined the investigation.

Gangster Neeraj Bawana revealed the location of the weapons to the police

The special cell of Delhi police on Friday has claimed to have recovered an AK-47 and self-loading rifle SLR rifle from a plot belonging to Congress party leader Rambir Shokeen. The recovery was made during the interrogation of Delhi’s most wanted gangster Neeraj Bawana, who informed the police about the location of the weapons. Bawana who was arrested by the special sell of Delhi Police on Monday had also revealed that Shokeen, his maternal uncle, has been a mentor ever since he began his criminal life.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The weapons were recovered from a plot in west Delhi’s Bawana area after Delhi Police’s special cell got information about it during Neeraj Bawana’s interrogation,” said a senior police officer, adding that Shokeen who has been summoned following the recovery has not yet joined the investigation.Police further said that the recovered arms were looted from Uttarakhand Police on December 16, 2014, by Bawana. He played an active role in the escape of another notorious criminal, Amit Bhura, from the police custody, while he was being produced at Baghpat court.Bawana, who is an accused in over 40 criminal cases, which include attempt to murder and extortion, has also told police how he in the past had used his uncles political connections to strengthen his syndicates grasp in outer parts of Delhi. With Bawana’s arrest, Delhi police claims to have jolted what they called as ‘beginnings of an organised crime syndicate’.SN Srivastava special commissioner of police (Special Cell) following the arrest of Bawana had told dna that a raid on Shokeen’s properties was on cards.Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee distanced herself from Shokeen and said she wasn’t aware of the complete details of the case.Shokeen won the 2013 Delhi elections from the Mundka constituency where he had contested as an independent. He joined Congress ahead of the 2015 elections but did not contest from his constituency. Instead Shokeen’s wife, Rita, contested from the same constituency only to be defeated by the AAP candidate.