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BJP charts govt failures

- Modi governance swipe on a day Nitish bridges villages

Patna, Nov. 26: The BJP today issued its report card listing the alleged “failures” of the state government in the past five-and-a-half months, a day after chief minister Nitish Kumar showcased its annual successes.

Presenting the report titled Viswasghat Ke Paach Mahina (five months of betrayal), senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said: “The governance has taken backseat. The government has become crippled. The pace of development is slipping. The administration is slipping out of the chief minister’s hands.”

Modi said the priority of Nitish after the BJP’s exit is politics and the survival of his minority government, not governance. He also charged the state machinery with hiding the fact over the death of 11 people at Sugauli in East Champaran. He said the victims died after consuming spurious liquor.

Nitish had yesterday refused to give credit for his achievements to the BJP ministers, declaring “the governance was a continuous process”. Countering his claim, the BJP accused him of trying to conceal the good work of the BJP ministers and show them as his own.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Nand Kishore Yadav, said: “The chief minister laid the foundation of the Ganga driveway. He should declare which minister had signed on the file concerned that enabled him to do so. When he claims that there have been no polio cases in Bihar since 2010, he should remember BJP’s Chandra Mohan Rai, Nand Kishore Yadav and Ashwini Kumar Choubey headed the health department.”

Modi, the strongest advocate of the continuation of the BJP’s alliance with the JD(U), issued a few candid statements today in the presence of several party leaders and former ministers.

“Even while we were a part of the government, we felt that the NDA-II was not performing as well as the NDA-I. There was an element of complacency in the NDA-II. Even the JD(U) ministers felt so. We raised this issue before the chief minister. So did JD(U) minister Narendra Singh. The chief minister did not take it in the right spirit and told us to look after our departments,” Modi said, recalling that his personal secretary had to run to the officials concerned for the salary of the deputy chief minister.

He said the BJP had wanted the alliance to continue for the sake of the state.

The BJP report card criticised Nitish for being soft on terrorism and failing to provide security during the Hunkar Rally on October 27. It also pointed towards the spurt in “organised crimes”, Naxalite violence and terrorism.

Criticising Nitish for accusing the BJP of trying to communalise the atmosphere of Bihar, Modi said: “I challenge the Bihar chief minister to come out with one instance where a BJP leader has made any such statement.”

The BJP also accused Nitish of trying to mislead the people on the issue of special status. “The chief minister is trying to project it as the solution to all problems of Bihar. We are not against the special category status. But 90 per cent of the industrialists willing to invest in Bihar without the special status category have returned because they could not find land. Even if the special status category is accorded to the state, where would the chief minister get land?” asked Modi.

Modi, who headed the finance portfolio in the NDA-II government, warned that the financial condition of the state was bad.