Patna: Hundreds of workers of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) on Friday went on a day-long fast to extend support to social reformer Anna Hazare`s anti-corruption campaign and "expose the loot of public exchequer in Bihar".
"The CPI-ML has decided to launch an agitation to expose the loot of public exchequer and Nitish Kumar government`s move to suppress the irregularities of hundreds of crores in the state," CPI-ML state secretary Nand Kishore Prasad told a news agency.
CPI-ML leader Dhirendra Jha said the party will expose Chief Minister Nitish Kumar`s double talk on corruption.
"Nitish Kumar has extended support to Anna Hazare`s anti-corruption campaign to gain popularity, but he is silent on serious corruption charges in his government," Jha said.
The CPI-ML leaders alleged that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has revealed irregularities of Rs 15,000 crore in the state.
Jha said that last year, the CAG had revealed the biggest-ever scam in Bihar with a report of "irregularities of Rs 11,412 crore, but Nitish Kumar managed to bury it".
"The CPI-ML will not sit silent, it will garner support for a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) probe into it," he said.
Prasad said the party will support Anna Hazare`s anti-corruption campaign by taking it to every village across the state.
The CPI-ML made it clear that its day-long fast was also to extend support to Anna Hazare`s fast-unto-death to press for a more stringent anti-graft law.