Shivanand Tiwari Accuses Nitish of Doublespeak on Corruption

RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari at a press conference in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) designated Nitish basher Shivanand Tiwari, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of adopting double standard on the issue of corruption saying when his former Deputy Tejaswi Yadav was accused of corruption, the CM had advised him to come out clean before the public of Bihar but when corruption charges were leveled against him in the Srijan scam, he is advising his accusers to knock the door of a court or the CBI.

"It is clear that Nitish Kumar says one thing on corruption and does another thing on it. He betrayed people's mandate in Bihar on the ground that he could not work with someone who was accused in several cases of corruption and was under the CBI scanner. He resigned because according to him, Tejaswi Yadav should have gone before the public to explain why the charges were false to prove his innocence. Now that his integrity is on the line due to his involvement in the multi-crore rupees Srijan scam, instead of going before the public like he was advising Tejaswi Yadav, he is telling his accusers to approach High Court or the CBI. This clearly proves that Nitish Kumar is a power-hungry man who has no regard for the rule of law," Tiwari, who was recently brought into the party for the sole purpose to attack the Janata Dal – U after Nitish Kumar abruptly broke away from the Mahagathbandhan, said.

Calling the Chief Minister a liar, the former JD-U leader and an ex-RJD leader before he was pulled out of his retirement by Lalu Prasad Yadav about three weeks ago said that Kumar lied when he said that he had no idea about the Srijan scam until August 8 this year.

"The fact is, the Economic Offense Unit (EOU) had exposed the Srijan Scam in 2013 when it had raided the house of Bihar IAS officer Jayshree Thakur and had seized several incriminating documents along with Rs. 7.33 crore in cash. The EOU had also submitted its report to the Chief Minister but since Nitish Kumar also held the portfolio of the Vigilance Department, he refused to take any action in the case," the RJD leader said.

Tiwari, further raising doubts about the character and integrity of Nitish Kumar, said that also in 2013, Sujit Kumar, a Chartered Accountant, had informed the then Union Finance Minister of India P Chidambaram and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India about suspicious financial activities in the Srijan scheme but once again, Nitish Kumar ignore all the warnings.

"The fact of the matter is, Nitish Kumar is lying when he says he did not know about the scam until August 8 this year. He knew it all along but brushed it under the rug to save his own image of an honest politician," he said.

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