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BJP ready to blow hot in Assembly winter session

Patna, Dec. 5: The Opposition, led by the BJP, is ready to attack the Nitish Kumar government when the Assembly meets tomorrow for a full session after the June 16 split.

Terror strikes in Bodhgaya and in Patna, death of 23 kids after consuming spurious midday meals at a Saran school and the recent back-to-back Maoists raids — the Opposition is armed with several issues to turn the heat on Nitish during the week-long winter session.

It is for the first time that the JD(U) government — reduced to minority after the chief minister dumped the 91-member BJP on June 16 — will face a full session with the BJP members in the role of the main opposition.

A special session of the Assembly had been convened on June 20 when Nitish succeeded in winning the trust vote with the support of four Congress MLAs. The winter session is set have the 91 BJP members who were part of the Nitish-led NDA dispensation for over seven-and-a-half years before they split.

The BJP has been quite belligerent on the streets against the “viswashghat (betrayal)” handed out to it by the erstwhile 17-year-old ally. The BJP has organised a series of Viswashghat rallies across the state to attack Nitish for the “betrayal” of the 2010 mandate to the NDA to rule the state.

While Nitish’s deputy-turned-foe, Sushil Kumar Modi, swiftly turned the attacking gear hitting the streets to question the Nitish government on every front, the party’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, had all his guns blazing against Nitish during the September 27 Hunkar Rally here.

It is for the first time, the BJP will get the legislature’s platform to train its guns on the government. The party has made its aggressive intention very clear.

“We will not accept reply from any minister speaking on behalf of the chief minister holding 18 portfolios. The chief minister will have to answer the questions related to the departments he is heading,” the leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Nand Kishore Yadav, has said.

The government is yet to come out with convincing answer on how its security system failed to sense the Indian Mujahideen spreading its terror network in the state despite the central intelligence agencies’ warning about the existence of “Darbhanga module” of terror in the state much in advance and how it also failed to understand that the Maoism too was getting stronger beneath its tall claim about the “better law and order and advanced security system” under its rule.

The exit poll results have given an edge to the BJP in the three to four of the five states that went to the polls recently. Observers believe that if the BJP fares in accordance with the exit poll predictions, the party will get a “booster dose” to pillory Nitish who has shown proclivity to shake hands with the Congress — battling anti-incumbency across the country.

Reduced to 118 against the required number of 122 to have a majority in the 243-member House, the JD(U) is also gripped with infighting in its rank. It became evident when the party’s senior ministers and an MP spoke against Nitish at the party’s Rajgir session on October 29. Thus, Nitish faces squabbles within his ranks apart from the belligerent opposition from the BJP.

He is hardly expected to get any sort of sympathy from the 22-member RJD, which has its chief Lalu Prasad convicted in a fodder scam case and behind bars in Ranchi.

“We treat the BJP and the JD(U) as the two sides of the same coin. Our war on the government that has failed on all fronts will continue — be it in Assembly or on the streets,” RJD legislature party leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui said.


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