Nitish making `mockery` of power: Paswan
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 18:17
  
Patna: Taking a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for holding a cabinet meeting at the Ratnagiri hill in Rajgir, Lok Janashakti party supremo Ramvilas Paswan on Wednesday termed it as a "blatant misuse and mockery of power."

"It is a blatant misuse and mockery of power. After hills and villages, Kumar has also promised to hold the next cabinet meeting on a ship on the river Ganga. This is a feudal and king-like mentality," Paswan told reporters here.

"We never expected that a man (Kumar) from a socialist background will work in this fashion. Public funds are being misused for cheap popularity and publicity," Paswan said.

The LJP supremo said his party would observe state-wide bandh along with ally -- RJD to protest 'rise in prices of essential commodities, corruption and anarchy' in the state.

Accusing the state's NDA government of 'failure' to curb soaring prices, he said the people wanted to know from Kumar what steps he took against it and alleged the state and central governments were passing buck on each other on this front.

"We will like Nitish to let people know the number of raids being made against hoarders and steps to prevent blackmarketing of essential commodities," he said.

Paswan for reservation for economically-backward

Ramvilas Paswan also called for ensuring reservation for 'economically-backward' people among the upper castes.

"We stick to the demand for ensuring reservation for the economically-backward among upper castes in jobs," Paswan told reporters, while ridiculing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's announcement that his government would give either three decimal of land or Rs 20,000 in cash to each dalit family.

"We will like Kumar to publish a list of the dalits, who have received benefits under the scheme," he said.

The LJP supremo also said that his party would ensure reservation for economically-backward among upper castes and provide one bigha of land for each dalit family, if voted to power in the 2010 assembly polls.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 18:17


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