Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for tweeting about Bihar’s growth and development.

Dr. Singh tweeted the previous night: “FACT: The so-called BIMARU States have done much better. Bihar was the fastest growing State in the country.”

On the list of growth rate in various States between 2006-07 and 2010-11, Bihar was at the top with a growth rate of 10.9 per cent, followed by Chhattisgarh.

In an official statement thanking the Prime Minister, Mr. Kumar tried to score a political point by drawing a quick comparison between Bihar and Gujarat, even when Gujarat was on the sixth spot in the chart provided by Dr. Singh in the tweeted message.

“Bihar’s growth rate is 10.9 per cent, whereas Gujarat’s rate is 9.3 per cent,” Mr. Kumar pointed out.

This is the second instance where Mr. Kumar, who had criticised the Congress government for the fuel price hike and expressed displeasure over the rail budget, has expressed gratitude. After the Union budget was presented, he thanked Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for giving indications of changing the criteria of special category status for backward States.

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