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Dementia snub draws RJD flak

Food and consumer protection minister Shyam Rajak drew flak from the RJD leaders for saying the party was suffering from "dementia" after it released the report card on the state government. Actually Shyam has dementia. He has forgotten that he was a part of the Lalu-Rabri regime right till the end. He was considered one of the most close Lalu aides,” said a senior RJD leader. On this grounds, several JD(U) leaders suffer from the same problem. Land revenue minister Ramai Ram, transport minister Brishen Patel, energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, rural works minister Bhim Singh and many others were a part of the alleged “jungle raj” during the Lalu-Rabri regime. “Similarly, they are now dubbing the BJP communal. They keep forgetting that the JD(U) and the BJP were allies for 17 years,” said another RJD leader.

Bihar war reaches Delhi

The war of words between the JD(U) and the BJP has reached Delhi. Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Nand Kishore Yadav, have been camping in Delhi for the past three days. Modi dubbed the JD(U) a spoiler in the Delhi Assembly polls. “The JD(U) has fielded the candidates at the behest of the Congress so that they could cut votes of migrant Biharis voting for the BJP,” he said. Chief minister Nitish Kumar, whose party is contesting 27 seats in Delhi, criticised Narendra Modi and highlighted the importance of Bihari migrants in the national capital. “This is the first electoral battle between the JD(U) and BJP in Delhi. We shall be doing much better than the JD(U),” said a BJP leader, stressing the "Bihar factor" plays a big role in Delhi elections.

Report cards reflect tactic

The report cards of the BJP and the RJD on the state government have become a matter of discussion in the political circles. “The BJP’s report card has been meticulously prepared. It has relevant statistics. It even has new insights to the functioning of the Nitish government. On the other hand, the RJD’s report card has been shabbily prepared. It missed out on many incidents and the use of statistics is far less. It just has what the RJD leaders have been speaking in public about the Nitish government. The report cards reflect how both the parties are run. The BJP believes in planning and professionalism. The RJD does not take help from professionals. That is why the BJP is more successful as an opposition party than the RJD,” said a Congress leader.

Race for revenue

The sudden increased activities of the commercial tax officials is reportedly the fallout of chief minister Nitish Kumar's upward revision of the revenue collection target by more than Rs 3,000 crore for the current financial year. During Sushil Kumar Modi’s tenure as finance minister, the revenue increased by 29 per cent. “The chief minister wants the revenue to increase by 49 per cent, which is impossible,” said a commercial tax officer, stressing that Nitish was out to prove that he managed the department better than his predecessor.