Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, at a press conference in Patna on Saturday, expressed his frustration over the return of Jungle Raj in Bihar that, he said, was confirmed by the release of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former MP from Siwan Mohammed Shahabuddin after spending 11 years in prison on murder charges.
"The law and order situation in Bihar has hit a new low with murders taking place on a daily basis. Yesterday a homeopathic doctor was gunned down in broad daylight and today the son of a journalist was shot in the head sending him to the hospital where he is battling for his life. This is a matter of great concern," the LJP chief said.
Blasting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of abandoning the agenda of development and good governance, Paswan said that it was clear that law and order had hit a new low in Bihar with the release of notorious criminal and RJD leader Mohammed Shahabuddin from the Bhagalpur Jail on Saturday.
"I come to Bihar with the intention to talk about national agenda but get mired in local law and order situation. This confirms that Kumar has set aside all pretense of good governance and is only concerned with prohibition that has nothing to do with development," he said.
Agreeing with Vice President Abdul Hamid Ansari's comment at the Bihar Chamber of Commerce 90th anniversary celebration in Patna on Friday during which he said that development was not possible until crime was kept in check in the state, Paswan said that the Chief Minister was seen begging the industrialists to set up factories and plants in the state but no one made any commitment knowing it was not safe to conduct business in Bihar due to prevailing law and order situation in the state.
Taking a dig at the Chief Minister for surrendering before the criminals, the Union Minister said that even Shahabuddin put Nitish Kumar in his place by saying that he did not consider him his leader and instead expressed his loyalty towards Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav.
"Shahabuddin is right because without the help of the RJD, Nitish Kumar would not be the Chief Minister of Bihar today. It will not come as a surprise that Lalu soon replaces Nitish with a new Chief of his choice," he said.
Paswan later visited the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) to enquire about the condition of Akaash Dey, the 20-year old son of a photojournalist who was shot three times in his head on Bhootnath Road under Agam Kuan police station in Patna on Saturday morning.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS