Nitish Responsible for the Release of Shahabuddin; Says Sushil Modi

BJP leaders Mangal Pandey and Sushil Kumar Modi at a press conference in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi, at a press conference in Patna on Saturday, blasted the Nitish government saying the release of notorious criminal and former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammed Shahabuddin was the result of the combined effort of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

"Shahabuddin's release is the payback to Lalu Prasad Yadav for supporting Nitish Kumar. It was due to the support of the RJD President that Nitish Kumar was once again elected as the Chief Minister of Bihar. The court had asked the government to open the trial within nine months of the Rajiv Raushan case but the Nitish government, at the behest of Lalu Prasad Yadav, on purpose delayed the trial allowing him to become eligible for the bail," the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar said.

Saying Shahabuddin posed a real threat to Bihar, Modi said that Shahabuddin could not outsmart the legal system during the ten years of the NDA rule but as soon as Nitish Kumar came into power with the help of Lalu, the man accused in dozens of murder cases managed to get bail and walk free to once again terrorize the people of Bihar.

"Everyone knew Jungle Raj had returned to Bihar but an arrogant Nitish Kumar continued to deny it. With the release of Shahabuddin, now it is confirmed beyond any doubts. Things are going to get only worse from here on," the BJP leader said adding it was mind-boggling that the Nitish government sent another criminal-turned-politician Anant Singh to jail after imposing Crime Control Act (CCA) against him but failed to do so against Shahabuddin who is a much dreaded criminal facing much serious charges.

"This is a favor Nitish Kumar returned to Lalu Prasad Yadav for coming to his rescue in the last Assembly polls," he said.

Modi, in a rare case of agreement with Shahabuddin, said that the Siwan terror was right when he said that the real leader of Bihar was Lalu Prasad Yadav while Nitish Kumar was merely a 'circumstantial' Chief Minister.

BJP state President Mangal Pandey also accused the Nitish government of protecting criminals in his lust for power.

"We are going to hold a day-long dharna across the state on September 14 to protest the release of Shahabuddin. We also plan to meet with the Governor to seek his intervention in keeping criminals behind bars where they belong," Pandey said.


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