Manjhi taking Bihar back to bad days of Lalu Prasad: BJP

Opposition BJP on Wednesday trashed as "bundle of lies" the Jitan Ram Manjhi annual report card showcasing achievements of the government and charged it with "stealing" figures of previous NDA government to portray a "rosy" picture.

Patna: Opposition BJP on Wednesday trashed as "bundle of lies" the Jitan Ram Manjhi annual report card showcasing achievements of the government and charged it with "stealing" figures of previous NDA government to portray a "rosy" picture.

"The achievements shown are actually those of the coalition government (NDA government, which ruled the state till June 2013)," senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters while presenting party's assessment report as a counter to government's annual performance report card released yesterday.

The BJP's report card on Manjhi government bore a cartoon to display the prevailing political scenario in the state. It shows Nitish Kumar on the feet of Lalu Prasad and a laughing Manjhi sitting on a throne.

Coming hard on the JD(U) government, Sushil Modi described Manjhi as "Ghosna Mukhya Mantri" (CM deft in making announcements) and alleged that he like RJD President Lalu Prasad was taking Bihar to "dark days of infamy".

"Like Lalu Prasad he (Manjhi) is also spending time in entertaining people through 'hassi majaak' (fun and laughter) at the cost of development works," Sushil Modi flanked by Leader of Opposition in Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav and state party chief Mangal Pandey, said.

Contesting figures given in 124-page annual report released by Chief Minister Manjhi yesterday on completion of ninth year of JD(U) government in power, the BJP leaders assailed it for slide in law and order "which used to be USP of the earlier JD(U)-BJP coalition government."

"The days of strongmen like Mohammad Shahbuddin, Pappu Yadav, Prabhunath Singh, Ritlal Yadav and Anant Singh have returned after joining of hands between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad" Sushil Modi said firing several salvos at Manjhi ministry.

The BJP leaders reeled figures on crimes which showed the number of cognisable offences, which was 1.04 lakh in 2005, rising to 1.85 lakh in 2013 and was pegged at 1.3 lakh till August 2014. The state has also witnessed 2,386 murders and 816 rapes till August. Referring to 91 announcements made by the CM in the past
six months at the helm of affairs, Sushil Modi said "he has been making announcements as he knows he does not have the responsibility to fulfil them as he has time till November next year only."

Sushil Modi also alleged that the JD(U) government has "two power centres".

"Many ministers, legislators and officials report to former chief minister Nitish Kumar while others go to Manjhi ...In the light of divided loyalty between two power centres Bihar is suffering," Sushil Modi said.

Alleging Nitish Kumar of using "remote control" to run the state government by proxy, Sushil Modi took a jibe and said "the state is witnessing an interesting game of Manjhi coming and going out of range of Kumar's remote control."

He said that "corruption in the state was on its extreme", still it was just given a passing reference in the report card and that "no assets belonging to any corrupt person have been confiscated in the last one year."

Sushil Modi, who is also Leader of Opposition in Bihar Legislative Council, added that the entire 9th report card of the state government could be summarised by three phrases - 'the advent of jungle raj - 2', 'remote controlled government, instilling fear in Bihar', and 'the fight between Nitish and Manjhi has put an end to development'.

"The Chief Minister should have clarified whether free higher education for girls will hold true with regard to professional courses too, because fee is not charged from SC, ST students and even otherwise it is very less. Many other charges like development and union fee have not been waived," Sushil Modi said on new announcement of CM.

Pointing out to the announcements, Modi claimed that there have been no expenditure under National Health Insurance Scheme and Mukhyamantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana to secure the future of the girl child over the last one-and-a-half year.

The senior BJP leader wondered why there was no mention of "medical scam worth crores of rupees" in the state and no FIR has been registered till now. "Is it so because the government is trying to protect persons close to Nitish Kumar, who are involved in the scam," he asked.

Leader of Opposition in state Assembly, NK Yadav, who was Health and later Road Construction Minister during NDA rule, pointed out that the report card talks about development in the construction of roads, but does not mention anything on 'road maintenance policy' for their maintenance.

He highlighted health scenario by mentioning plight of a judge of Patna High Court who had to buy a thermometer for his ailing father who was taken to IGIMS recently.

"The judge later donated 50 thermometers to IGIMS and shifted his father to a private hospital," he said.

State BJP president Mangal Pandey said the present state government was perched on the foundation of "betrayal" as Kumar violated the mandate of the people by breaking away from NDA. 

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