Nitish can`t wash off sin with Rs 5 crore: Sriprakash

After running the JD(U)/BJP coalition government for four years, Nitish Kumar could not wash off the sins of joining "communal forces" by returning flood relief money to Gujarat, Sriprakash Jaiswal today said.

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2010, 20:48 PM IST

Ranchi: After running the JD(U)/BJP
coalition government for four years, Bihar Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar could not wash off the sins of joining "communal
forces" by returning flood relief money to Gujarat, Union Coal
Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal today said.

"If he has realised the folly of joining hands with
communal forces, he should have snapped ties mmediately....
But after heading the government for four years and then
returning Rs five crore will not wash off the sin (of joining
communal forces)," Jaiswal said at a press conference.

To a query whether Kumar`s returning the money to the
Narendra Modi government had hurt the federal system of the
country, Jaiswal said the question did not arise at all.

"If any CM gets close to a party and then wants to
distance himself on the ground of it being communal, this is
not the way to keep a distance after four years of rule.

"If he (Kumar) realises that he should not have made
the alliance, and if it was a mistake then he should have
broken the alliance. But returning Rs 5 crore is not
repentance," said the Union Minister.

PTI