Zee Media Bureau/Biplob Ghosal
Patna: In what can bring in huge embarrassment to Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Manjhi has said that his party leader failed to curb corruption in the state during his rule.
Sharing his personal experience over corruption in Bihar, Manjhi said that his family had to pay a bribe of Rs 5000 to modify the electricity bill.
The Bihar Chief Minister candidly admitted that though Nitish brought in huge development in the state, however, the JD(U) chief failed to bring down graft during his tenure.
Bihar`s biggest challenge is to eradicate corruption which is deep rooted in the official machinery, Manjhi asserted.
Nitish, who is considered to be a mentor of Manjhi is yet to react to the claims.
Manjhi was on May 20 sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister after Nitish Kumar quit the post in the wake of a rout in the General elections.
Manjhi was elected as CM by Nitish, who put in his papers following the poor performance of his party in the elections. Manjhi served as the SC/ST minister in Nitish`s government.