Shahnawaz Wants Nitish to Break his Silence on Chopper Scam

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain holding a press meet in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain, at a press meet in Patna on Thursday, slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the latest scandal to hit the previous Congress-led UPA government in which an Italian court has raised the name of Congress President Sonia Gandhi for receiving kickback in a chopper deal.

Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain, at a press meet in Patna on Thursday, slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the latest scandal to hit the previous Congress-led UPA government in which an Italian court has raised the name of Congress President Sonia Gandhi for receiving kickback in a chopper deal.

"Nitish Kumar never misses an opportunity to project himself as a man who is against corruption of all types so his silence over the VVIP chopper scam is quite intriguing. He has a habit of interjecting himself into any topic so why his silence on this issue? He must break his silence and speak about this scam that happened under the watch of Sonia Gandhi, one of his key allies in Bihar," the former Union Minister said.

The BJP national spokesperson further said that this time Kumar could not blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the BJP as he had nothing to do with the VVIP chopper purchase from August Westland Company that occurred during the UPA regime.

Hussain also ridiculed the Janata Dal – U President for dreaming about making India 'Sangh-free'.

"First, people of Bihar voted for Nitish Kumar to end crime, corruption, and illiteracy in Bihar and to usher development in the state. He was not elected to rid the entire country of crime and corruption. He needs to concentrate on Bihar and let other state governments manage their own state. Second, he used to say he wanted to make India 'Congress-free' and Bihar 'Lalu-free'. Now both of them are his allies so now the Chief Minister wants to make India 'Sangh-free'. Let him first make Bihar crime-free, corruption-free, and fear-free then talk about making India 'Sangh-free'," the BJP leader said.

The former Union Minister also criticized Nitish Kumar for 'taking the contract' of making entire India alcohol-free.

"It's not his job to tell other state governments to impose prohibition in their states. He needs to mind his own business and let other state governments do what they think is in the best interest of their states. Nitish Kumar could not even enforce ban on tobacco and guthka in Bihar so how can one expect him to enforce prohibition in the state?" he asked.

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