Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today attacked senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi over his remarks on the medical scam in the state and said he was indulging in it to derive political mileage by implicating senoir leaders of his own party in it.
"Modi is deliberately speaking about medical scam. He knows that other senior leaders of his party like Nand Kihsore Yadav, Chandra Mohan Rai, Ashwini Choubey and others, who could pose a challenge to him, will be implicated in it. He thinks this will make his political career obstacle-free and it will shine brightly," Manjhi said.
The Chief Minister was talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a seminar organised by a civil society organisation on 'Role of public private partnership mode in education and development in Bihar'.
"(Sushil) Modi thinks if he keeps speaking on the issue (medical scam) then the involvement of his rivals within the party will come to light. The internal politics of BJP is behind whatever Modi is saying," Manjhi added.
He also used the opportunity to once again defend senior JD(U) leader and former chief minister Nitish Kumar, whom Modi is relentlessly targeting in the Rs 25 crore financial irregularities detected by Accountant General (Audit) so far in the purchase of medicines, medical equipment and infrastructure.
The senior BJP leader has been alleging that the scam happened when Kumar was also holding the charge of the health portfolio.
"There is no question of Nitish Kumar being involved in the scam. There is no hand of him in all this because the scam is not of the period when he was in charge of the Health Department," added Manjhi.