RJD Report Card on NDA Government Indicts Nitish Kumar

RJD leaders releasing 'report card' on Nitish administration on Wednesday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav on Wednesday issued what he described as a 'report card' of the NDA government in Bihar that depicts Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his administration in a poor light.

The booklet-style report card, complete with a cover that has a cartoon image of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, along with an over-the-top title 'Kursi Ke Pyare, Bihar Ke Hatyare', is designed to expose the failure of the NDA government in Bihar and in particular, the fiasco that Nitish Kumar had been since he broke alliance with the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan and joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The former Deputy Chief Minister accused Kumar of being in bed with a communal party like the BJP and held him responsible for the recent communal flare-ups in Bihar.

"The functioning of the Bihar government has come to a standstill while rioters in Bihar were having a field day for the past couple of weeks. This is the same Nitish Kumar who walked out of the Grand Alliance on account of his moral conscience so where is his outrage now?" the leader of the opposition in Bihar Assembly said.

Yadav also took a dig at the Chief Minister for abandoning his demand for special status for Bihar.

"Nitish Kumar was never interested in getting special status for Bihar. When the Center was governed by the NDA under former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Nitish Kumar was a high-ranking cabinet member of the central government. During that time, it was he who opposed the idea of special status that was raised by the then RJD government in Bihar. Now that both Bihar and the Center has the NDA government, what is stopping the Chief Minister from getting special status for Bihar now?" he asked.

Ruling out return of Kumar back into the RJD-led Grand Alliance fold, Yadav said that the door for the JD-U leader was closed for good.

The RJD leader, however, in a stunning about turn from his party's previous stand, said that if the Grand Alliance came into power once again, it would, unlike the NDA government, strictly enforce the prohibition law.

As reported previously, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and a few others, just a couple of months back, had said that if the RJD came into power again, it will completely get rid of the prohibition law as it did nothing but damage the economy and put hundreds of thousands of Dalits behind bars.

"We favor prohibition but we will enforce it in a different way than it is currently being enforced," he said.

Yadav, who was accompanied by other senior leaders, also criticized Nitish Kumar for 'rising crime against Dalits and backwards saying crime against the impoverished and minorities had gone significantly up since the JD-U leader went back into the NDA fold.

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