Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Monday accused the Nitish administration of pussyfooting on the investigation of the boat tragedy that took the lives of at least two dozen people on Makar Sankranti day last Saturday.
"Two days have passed since 24 people met their watery grave in the Ganges in the lack of proper arrangement by the district administration and yet, the Chief Minister has not ordered filing of FIR against any government official. It is obvious that he is trying to protect his officials to protect his own reputation that stands to get hurt in the light of this tragedy," the former Deputy Chief Minister and a one-time close aide of Nitish Kumar said.
Modi said that the Chief Minister was in the habit of taking credit for all the good things in Bihar and pulling a disappearing act when things did not go his way.
"Heads should have been rolling following the boat tragedy but the Chief Minister is looking for excuses to exonerate himself and his officials from any responsibility in this event. Instead of monitoring the situation, he has decided to leave Patna and go to Rajgir where he obviously feels safe from any criticism," the BJP leader said.
Accusing Kumar of looking in the wrong places in an effort to shift the blame on anyone but the administration, Modi said that FIRs had been filed against the owner of an amusement park in the diara area and a boat operator but no action had been taken against any of the officials who organized the kite-flying event on the day of Makar Sankranti.
"Those who help make the Chief Minister look good are never taken to task; all others are fair game for Nitish Kumar," the BJP leader said adding he did not have faith in the sincerity or the integrity of the investigative team formed by the Chief Minister and only a team led by an impartial, Gandhian leader would be able to carry out an unbiased probe into the boat tragedy.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS