JD-U Unhappy over Chirag Paswan's Disparaging Rhetoric on Nitish Administration

LJP leader Chirag Paswan with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (file photo).

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Patna: Apparently irked by his recent populist rhetoric that tends to put the Nitish administration in a not-so flattering light, Janata Dal-U leaders are firing back at the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief asking him not to talk trash about his allies that are likely to weaken the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of which both parties are part of.

"If Chirag Paswan or any other member of his party have anything to say about the Nitish government, they should say that in the proper forum instead of speaking in public. Such negative comments provide unnecessary ammunition to our opponents," said JD-U national spokesperson K C Tyagi in Patna on Saturday.

Paswan, who became the party's president after his father and party founder Ram Vilas Paswan resigned from the post to hand over the reign of his party to his son, is on a statewide 'yatra' dubbed as 'Bihar First, Bihari First' to feel the pulse of Bihar voters ahead of this year's state Assembly elections.

On Saturday, Paswan stood in support of the striking teachers saying he would include their demand of equal job-equal wage in his 'Vision Document' that is purportedly the LJP's roadmap to development.

A few days ago, Paswan questioned the law and order situation in Bihar saying crime figures had reached a new high and the police were being proven ineffective in taming criminals in the state.

He also slammed the state government for poor road and highway condition in Bihar – a favorite talking point of Nitish Kumar whenever he feels the need to tout his success as the Chief Minister of Bihar.

Earlier, he took shots at controversial BJP MP from Begusarai Giriraj Singh saying leaders like him were responsible for the stunning loss of the NDA in the recent Delhi elections.

Not amused by Paswan's comments in the least bit, Tyagi said the LJP leader is obviously not familiar with the crime situation that prevailed during the previous Lalu-Rabri regime.

"Ask the people of Bihar who had the misfortune of living through the previous administration. Everyone knows the law and order had collapsed and people were living at the mercy of the God. Today, things are nowhere near that situation and the police are much more equipped to deal with crime. So before someone complains about the law and order situation in Bihar, it would be nice to remember where it used to be," the JD-U spokesperson said.

Another JD-U leader Ghulam Rasool Baliyawi also took exception to Paswan's comment on law and order saying if things were as bad as the LJP chief was saying then how was he able to carry out his 'Bihar First, Bihari First' yatra in the state without any fear.

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