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Union Cabinet approves Rs. 12,000 crore package for Bihar.

New Delhi, Apr. 18 ( ANI ): The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved Rs. 12,000 crore package for Bihar.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, who made this announcement today, rubbished reports that it was an attempt on part of the Centre to woo the Janata Dal (United) presently ruling Bihar along with the BJP.

"The UPA has been ruling for the last nine years. It has been our endeavor not to mix politics and governance," he said.

The package for Bihar comes at a time when the war of words between the Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is intensifying with regard to the Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014.

Reiterating his party's demand for a secular Prime Ministerial candidate, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had last weekend made a scathing attack on his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi, and said that the Janata Dal (United) is not ready to compromise on secularism.

The JD (U), which appears to have made up its mind that it would accept only someone with a secular image, does not want to wait till the very end and wants the BJP to declare its leader for 2014 now.

The JD (U), which has 20 Lok Sabha MPs, is averse to Modi being touted by many to be the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, due to the 2002 communal riots.

The BJP, however, has, said that there was no internal rift within the NDA partners, and added that the party's parliamentary board will take a final call on it.

"NDA is together. It is united and is fighting, both inside the Parliament and outside, against the corruption and inflation spread by the Congress Party," said BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.

"As far as the decision for the PM candidate is concerned, the BJP's parliamentary board would discuss on it when the time is right and will talk to its NDA partners and then only decide the candidate," he added. ( ANI )

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