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Hussain hails SuMO-Nitish combination

The BJP’s national spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday said there was no alternative to the partnership of Sushil Kumar Modi and Nitish Kumar in Bihar, hinting at his party’s wish to continue with its alliance with the JD(U).

“Modi and Nitish have been reconstructing Bihar,” he said.

When asked if the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s style of working would be implemented in Bihar ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP MP from Bhagalpur, said: “The national poll selection committee of the BJP has not chosen any prime ministerial candidate yet.”

The BJP spokesperson appreciated Nitish for the development works carried out in the state. But he expressed serious concern over the drinking water and power crisis in Bhagalpur.

“People of Sonhoula, Sonokhar and other places in Bhagalpur, located far from the river Ganga, cannot even take bath because of water scarcity that persists for more than two months every year. This crisis can spark social tension any moment,” he said, adding that the government should take notice of the situation immediately.

The BJP leader, during his interaction with reporters, also came down heavily on the Congress over the alleged anomalies in defence acquisitions. He asked the Congress to issue a white paper in the wake of the “scam”. A newspaper report on Tuesday claimed that according to secret cables leaked by WikiLeaks, former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi might have been a middleman for the Swedish company Saab-Scania, when it was trying to sell its Viggen fighter aircraft to India in the 1970s. Late Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister then.

Hussain alleged that Congress leaders, including some members of Gandhi family, had been “busy taking bribes from foreign companies that supplied security devices to India” from the time of Indira Gandhi’s regime.

He added that earlier, too, there were charges of Italian businessman Ottavio Qauttrochi’s involvement in the Bofors scam. “The Bofors episode had ruined the Congress. This time, too, the Saab-Scania case would damage the party’s chances of winning the 2014 elections,” he said.