| Abdul Bari Siddiqui at the news meet in Patna on Saturday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Patna, Nov. 3: Opposition parties RJD and Congress today described the JD(U)’s Adhikar Rally as a “drama” and “wastage of public money” to divert people’s attention from the state government’s alleged failures.
RJD, the main opposition party in the state, alleged that officers and criminals had been collecting money in the name of the meeting. Ram Chandra Purbey, the RJD state president, said: “This rally is nothing but a drama to hide Nitish Kumar’s failures…Had his intentions been honest, he would have granted special state status category to Bihar when chief minister Rabri Devi had raised the demand before then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Nitish was then the convener of the committee meant to look into the issue of special state category but he did not take it seriously.”
Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Vinod Sharma also questioned the source of money being collected by the ministers and legislators. “People have the right to know the sources of the money spent to arrange the rally,” he said.
Purbey, who was accompanied by Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Ram Kripal Yadav, Alok Mehta and Randhir Yadav, alleged that the entire administrative machinery has been pressed into service to collect money for the rally. “They have collected Rs 400 crore in the name of the rally. Of this, Rs 200 crore has been spent on the event and the remaining would be spent on Parliamentary polls,” Purbey added.
Comparing between the banners and posters between RJD meetings in the past and the Adhikar Rally, Purbey said the RJD meets had banners of Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Jai Prakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lo-hia and Karpoori Thakur. “But this rally has posters of Nitish sharing space with the likes of Munna Shukla, Anand Singh, Ranvir Yadav and Hulas Pandey,” he added.