New Delhi: Congress members from Bihar on Thursday
staged a protest against the state government on the issue of
land scam and a CAG report indicting the state government.
Congress national spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad, Bihar
Congress chief Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Kaishar and Central
Working Committee member and Bihar in-charge G S Charak were
among the senior party leaders present at the protest.
"We demand a CBI probe in the BIADA land scam and a CAG
report. There are big scams happening in the Bihar government.
The Comptroller and Auditor General reported illegal
withdrawal of Rs 11,413 crore from the treasury on March 31,
2009, which have now increased to Rs 16,000 crore," Kaishar
"Why is the state government opposed to a CBI probe if
they call themselves honest? We appeal to AICC chief Sonia
Gandhi and the CBI to initiate a probe into these scams. We
will meet the Home Minister and submit a memorandum to the
President," he said.
Alleging that the Bihar government allotted BIADA (Bihar
Industrial Area Development Authority) land to influential
people at throwaway prices for constructing malls and cinema
halls, Ahmad said they will move the Patna High Court, seeking
a CBI probe if the state government doesn`t agree for it.
The ruling JD(U)-BJP alliance in Bihar has recently come
under severe criticism from opposition parties after the BIADA
land scam and the CAG report on illegal transactions surfaced.
"People are in an impression that the Nitish Kumar
government is corruption free and even media has propagated
this view, we want the people to know the truth about this
government through this protest," said Usha Singh, ex-union
minister from Bihar.
However, when asked about the corruption charges against
the Congress-led UPA government, Prabhavati Gupta, an ex-MP
for Bihar, said, "Have you ever heard of any ministers being
put behind bars before. We are serious about tackling