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CM faces flak for feel-good factor

Leader of Opposition Abdul Bari Siddiqui launched a frontal attack on the Nitish Kumar government for generating a “false” feel-good factor among the people of the state at a debate on the governor’s address to the joint session of the state legislature on Tuesday.

“Nitish was a part and parcel of the NDA regime that had created a false feel-good situation ahead of the 2004 (Lok Sabha) elections. He (Nitish) was also party to the drubbing that the NDA suffered in 2004. But Nitishji, rather than taking a lesson from the 2004 phenomena, has been embarking on the same ploy,” Siddiqui said in his trenchant speech, inviting occasional interruptions from the Treasury Bench.

Referring to Sheikhpura youth Mukesh Kumar, who allegedly suffered torture at the hands of the police, Siddiqui said: “The torture inflicted on Mukesh by the police, was no less heinous than the rape and murder of the New Delhi girl that evoked national outcry. But the policeman who indulged in the crime was still scot-free. The police brutality has grown and so have the incidents of loot, dacoity and rape in the state.”

Siddiqui also questioned the liquor policy of the state.

“Since 2007-08, the government had been announcing in the House about its fool-proof measures to check the supply of spurious liquor in the market. It has been shamefully boasting of the phenomenal rise in the excise revenue,” he said.

“But how could several people die in Ara, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Madhubani and Nalanda after consuming liquor? Who had supplied the spurious liquor to the consumers?” asked the RJD leader.