JD-U's Open Door Policy for Criminal Politicians

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There is a spate in criminals joining the ruling JD-U in Bihar. This fortnight alone, Bihar witnessed three strong men with graft criminal records joined the Nitish camp.

The prime accused of Kislay kidnapping case (2005), Chunnu Thakur has joined the JD-U last Sunday in a grand event organized by Nitish’s loyalists. Moreover large posters of this event erected all around the capital city in advance.

How this Nitish Kumar who had strongly objected to appearing with Narendra Modi in a poster can welcome his posters with a criminal and kidnapper?

Kislay Kidnapping Case

Kislay, a 14 years boy, was kidnapped from the downtown of this capital city way back in 2005 on his way to go to school. This broad daylight kidnapping rocked the Bihar and got unprecedented media coverage. Even the then President APJ Abdul Kalam expressed his concerns.

The Kislay kidnapping case became the biggest election issue for the Nitish-BJP camp. In some sense, this single case helped the duo uproot the Lalu-Rabri jungle raj in Bihar.

The prime accused of the Kislay kidnapping case was none other than this Chunnu Thakur. He engineered the abduction of Kislay while locked in the Hajipur jail in a murder case.

At present, about 60% of JD-U MLAs (as per the National Election Watch) have serious criminal records.

Nitish himself welcomed muscles men like Munna Shukla, Ranvir Yadav, Awadhesh Mandal etc. to his camp. He helped the resurrection of Abhay Singh. These incidents dent his image and he has to withstand public outrage in different form and circumstances.

This has raised eyebrows even within the party rank of JD-U but the CM prefers not to give a statement despite asked twice on two different occasions by this correspondent last week. Nitish Kumar continues to embrace history-sheeters and party-hoppers who ruled the roost in the state under the RJD era.

Who Is Shah Alam "Shabbo"

Apart from being linked to cases of theft, murder, rioting and causing injuries, Shabbo’s name was also connected with a case of disappearance of weapons from the Bihar Military Police in 2004.

Shabbo is a big name in the crime world of Muzaffarpur. He was formerly associated with the Lok Janshakti Party. This man joined the JD-U on 21st November 2013.

Who Is Bablu Deo?

Rajesh Kumar Raushan alias Bablu Deo is from Kesariya, East Champaran. It is the name that runs in the FIRs of various police stations throughout the length and breadth of Bihar. He has been booked for kidnapping, murder, extortion, attempted murder, rioting, and intimidation. He was able to escape from police custody twice and automatic weapons were recovered from his possession. Harboring criminals and dozen similar acts of violence has been registered against him. This man joined the JD-U last week on 23st November 2013.

Who Is Shabir Ali?

The current spokesperson of the JD-U joined the party two years back. He migrated from the LJP and enjoys proximal relationship with the CM. His track record is controversial and accusation of his connection with the terrorist groups is the talk of the town after Oct 28th terror blast in Patna.

Shabir Ali is also a co-accused in the murder case of T-series cassette industry owner Gulshan Kumar. He is also booked as a key member of Dawood's D-Company by the Mumbai police.

Nitish Kumar is in deep trouble with a mini exodus taking place within his party. Post split with the BJP, there is a stampede like situation in the JD-U camp.

Ramai Ram and Mangani Lal Mandal, the former a minister and the latter an MP, are all set to leave the party to join RJD, the party of Lalu Prasad Yadav. Their rebellion comes soon after MPs Purnamasi Ram and Jai Narayan Prasad Nishad met with Narendra Modi, seeking his blessings to join the BJP.

Chhedi Paswan, MLA, stands suspended for meeting with Modi. Furthermore, Narendra Singh, the Agriculture Minister, is unhappy because Nitish Kumar is not appointing him as Deputy Chief Minister, a post that fell vacant after the departure of BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi from the Cabinet.

The sudden spree of leaders leaving the JD-U has panicked Nitish. And in order to put up a similar show of its own, Nitish is recruiting new candidates mindlessly. But he must remember; criminalization of politics is a cul-de-sac.

amit sinhaAmit K. Sinha is a bilingual investigative journalist who works independently. For the last couple of years he is in Patna writing for many prints and portals.


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