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Centre has set off a new political controversy in Bihar in which the ruling BJP is part of the Nitish Kumar-led govt by saying the state is the most backward

The Centre has set off a new political controversy in Bihar in which the ruling BJP is part of the Nitish Kumar-led government. The government while responding to a question in the Lok Sabha by an MP of Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United (JDU) said Bihar is India's most backward state according to a report.

Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said in his written reply that according to NITI Aayog's report, Bihar's composite score was the lowest among all states. The minister attributed Bihar's poor score to factors like poverty, the worst literacy rate in those who are 15 and above and lowest mobile use and internet use.

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Bihar's opposition party, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) seized the opportunity to take a dig at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. RJD chief Tejasvi Yadav asked why despite a double engine government, Bihar is slipping on all the parameters.

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