Patna: The chief opposition RJD today
accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of "declining to
contest" the assembly polls "to keep his criminal antecedents
"It`s common knowledge that a contestant has to
disclose the details of his or her criminal antecedents in the
affidavit mandated by the Election Commission and Kumar facing
serious charge too will be required to do so", the RJD leaders
Jagatanand Singh, Shakeel Ahmed Khan and Ram Kripal Yadav said
at a joint press conference.
Claiming that proceedings were still pending against
Kumar in a case related to killing of a Congress activist
Satyendra Singh at a booth at Pandarak under Barh
parliamentary constituency at the time of polls in 1991, they
said "the Chief Minister in the given circumstances stands to
lose his clean image in the eyes of the people as he will have
to declare the criminal antecedents in the affidavit."
They dared Kumar to take electoral plunge if he was not afraid of "acknowledging his own criminal antecedents."
"The people of Bihar must know that their Chief
Minister has cases registered against him for murder, booth
grabbing and kidnapping of a witness," they said.
Kumar was in the fray from Barh constituency in 1991
on a Janata Dal ticket and police had in its final report
cleared Kumar of all charges against him in the case long
time ago, official sources said.
Trashing Kumar`s claim of development and an improved
law and order situation in Bihar during the NDA government`s
tenure, the RJD leaders alleged that the conduct of the ensuing
assembly polls in Bihar could not be possible in "a free
and fair manner" keeping in mind Kumar`s track record in past.
The RJD leaders accused the Chief Minister of hatching
plans for booth grabbing by appointing his trusted officials
to key posts to `influence` the outcome of the forthcoming
assembly polls in favour of the ruling NDA.
They demanded that the Election Commission appoint its
special observers who should also “monitor the activities of
"The EC should take serious view of Kumar`s
involvement in criminal case in the past to win the
parliamentary polls and appoint its own special observers to
monitor the latter`s activities”, they urged.