Lalu asks Nitish to allot residence for self as ex-CM



Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday advised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to allot an official residence for himself in his soon-to-be status of a "former chief minister" as he was "all set to be thrown out of power for the good of Bihar and its people."

"Nitish has virtually descended from power and hence, I would not like to make a jibe at him, but rather suggest to him to allot a house for himself in his future capacity of the ex-CM," he said at a press conference.

"Who knows? I may have a change of mind upon becoming chief minister and may not allot a house to Nitish as desired by him," Prasad said in his typically witty style.

"There were no friends and associates that Nitish Kumar had not cheated," Prasad alleged looking towards former JD(U) leaders Prabhunath Singh and Vijay Krishna, now with RJD.

"The chief minister had virtually ensured that Singh and Krishna faced capital punishment in connection with frivolous criminal cases against them....by the grace of god, the two leaders have come unscathed during trial," Prasad claimed and described his arch-rival as a "vindictive" leader.

Alleging rampant corruption during the NDA rule in Bihar, the RJD chief said now it will be the turn of Nitish and his associates to "face the music" in the alleged DC/AC bills scam and added that the guilty persons will never be able to come out of the long reach of the law.

Prasad also spoke about the NDA government's "soft" handling of the Naxalites menace and said that the ruling coalition allowed the ultra-left outfits to target the urban areas, including town and cities and spread their tentacles in two-third of Bihar's territories.

When a reporter said that Nitish Kumar was likely to campaign with BJP leader L K Advani, Prasad quipped that there was nothing new about the news as the former has been "sitting in the laps of the communal forces for long."

PTI