Nitish`s mask has come off, says Paswan

Last Updated: Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 20:34

New Delhi: Accusing Nitish Kumar of
practising double standards on corruption, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan today said his "mask" has come off with reports of a
CBI officer testifying in a Ranchi court that the Bihar Chief
Minister had received money in the fodder scam.

"The mask of Mr Clean (Nitish Kumar) has now come off.

The incident is a pointer to his involvement in corrupt
practices from the very beginning. The corrupt practices of
Kumar continued after he became Chief Minister," Paswan said.

Paswan`s reaction came after reports of a CBI officer
testifying in a special court in Ranchi on Friday that Kumar
had received money in the fodder scam.

Accusing the Bihar Chief Minister of "practising double
standards" , the LJP leader said allegations of corruption in
Bihar government have become common ever since Nitish Kumar
came to power.

Paswan said former Excise Minister in Nitish Kumar
government Jamshed Ashraf had resigned long back alleging
corruption in the government.

"The CAG report also pointed out gross irregularities in
the state expenditure," he alleged.

Paswan questioned if the resignation of Delhi Chief
Minister is being sought on the basis of CAG report and Union
Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and Congress MP Suresh
Kalmadi are in jail over findings of the government auditor,
why can`t the Bihar Chief Minister be ousted too.

"Why shouldn`t Nitish Kumar resign when the CAG has
pointed fingers at his government for financial anomalies and
the matter has reached court," he asked.

Paswan also cited the recent BIADA land allotment
controversy alleging that Bihar Chief Minister got the land
alloted at throw away prices to his near and dear ones.

Referring to the recent resignation of a senior JD(U)
leader and member of Bihar Legislative Council Shambhu Sharan
Srivastav, Paswan said he also talked about corruption in the
state.

Incidently, Srivastav belonged to the camp opposing
Nitish Kumar within JD(U).

PTI



First Published: Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 20:34

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