Paswan flays Nitish over Advani yatra



Patna: LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan on Tuesday criticised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his decision to flag off the Rath Yatra of senior BJP leader L K Advani against corruption and said Kumar's claim of being secular stood "exposed by now."

"By deciding to flag off Advani's rath yatra, CM (Kumar's) claim of being secular stands exposed thoroughly by now," Paswan told reporters.

He alleged that Advani had embarked on a rath yatra on the issue of Ayodhya "and the country witnessed a series of communal violence in 90s."

He accused Nitish Kumar government of playing "into hands of RSS."

Paswan said taking lessons from past when the state allegedly witnessed communal flare-ups, the Chief Minister should not have allowed Advani to launch his rath yatra from Bihar.

He also castigated Kumar for rejecting the demand for ordering a CBI inquiry into the Forbesganj firing and not making available the compensation to the victims of the firing.

Paswan said his party would stage a sit-in demonstration on October 14 to protest against the problems facing the people of Hajipur Lok Sabha constituency.

In reply to a question, LJP president said he would campaign for RJD nominee for bypoll to the October 13 Daraunda assembly segment on October 11.

PTI