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In an interview to TOI on Monday, Nitish said he is getting least cooperation from the UPA government at the Centre. "If the Centre helps us, Bihar will become a developed state very soon," he said. "But," he added, "the Centre wants Bihar to buckle and not progress."
Nitish said: "I am not accusing the Centre and using harsh words unnecessarily. But I am telling you the Centre is putting unwarranted obstacles in the path of development."
Source : Centre wants to keep Bihar poor: CM - Patna - City - The Times of India
Please tell me the meaning of "buckle" in this context.
In this context, to buckle means to give way under pressure. The ground buckles when there is an earthquake.