Seven years after rejecting Narendra Modi’s offer, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday accepted Rs 5 crore from Vijay Rupani for Bihar flood victims.
Gujarat Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama handed over the cheque to the Bihar CM in presence of state Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.
Interestingly, in 2010, Kumar had returned Rs five crore aid given by then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for the Kosi flood victims.
When asked about the Kumar’s refusal to accept a similar amount from Gujarat in 2010, Chudasama said, “Times change. I have come for a good work. In this hour of crisis, it is the tradition in India to extend a helping hand. I am not concerned about what others are saying. I am obliged that the CM has accepted the relief sent by Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani.”
An official statement said the Bihar chief minister thanked and appreciated the Gujarat government for its donation to the chief minister’s relief fund.
In 2010, Congress and RJD had criticised Kumar for returning the Rs five crore aid.
Kumar was angry after local papers had carried advertisements about the help given by the Gujarat government for the 2008 Kosi flood victims.
The Bihar chief minister had described the then Gujarat government’s claim of liberal donation as “uncivilised”.