NDA issues ‘report card’ on ‘failures’ of Nitish govt in Bihar

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Patna: The BJP-led NDA on Saturday released a 'report card' on the completion of one year of the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar and said the dispensation has proved to be a big "failure" on all fronts, especially so on law and order.

Releasing the 'report card' titled 'Ek Saal, Bura Haal', senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi launched a scathing attack on the maha-gathbandhan government saying it has been in news for "all wrong reasons" in the past one year.

"The situation in Bihar has become worse in just one year… We (NDA leaders) have come out with a report card one day in advance, so that the Chief Minister can answer our questions," Modi told reporters here.

The Nitish-led government, in which Lalu Prasad's RJD and the Congress are allies, completes a year in office tomorrow and it would also present its report card showcasing its achievements.

The practice of presenting report cards every year was started by Nitish Kumar in 2006 after he became Chief Minister in November 2005.

The Chief Minister should present a report card of one year and not of 11 years as BJP was also the part of the government for around seven-and-half-year when the government earned laurels globally, while now this state government has earned name for all wrong reasons in the past one year, Sushil said.

Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of State and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, Hindustani Awam Morcha(S) president and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and other senior BJP leaders including state BJP chief Mangal Pandey were also present on the occasion.

Sushil Modi said had the Opposition not objected and raised the issues of bail granted to Shahabuddin, Raj Ballabh Yadav and Rocky Yadav, the state government would not have gone to the Supreme Court against them.

"Why is agriculture, health, education and industries missing from the CM's 'Nischay'?" he asked, while seeking answers to what happened to the Rs 1.52 lakh crore 'agriculture roadmap', 'Mission Manav Vikas', 'Mahadalit Vikas Mission' and 'Vision Document 2025'.

Sushil also termed Kumar's students' credit card scheme a repackaging of the Centre's scheme.

Alleging that criminals have dominated the entire one year of the grand alliance government and the Chief Minister seemed helpless, the senior BJP leader said it was evident from the crime figures, which have "increased" after prohibition came into effect.

Quoting figures from the website of the police department, he claimed the number of kidnappings for ransom has gone upto three in August this year from one in April this year.

Similarly, rape incidents have increased to 103 in August 2016 from 61 in April.

The number of murders have gone up to 228 in August from 192 in April, Sushil said, adding incidents of riots have increased to 1,017 in August from 809 in April.

Taking potshots at the grand alliance government, Ramvilas Paswan said development has taken a back seat while cold war was on among the allies.

"The CM should issue a white paper on the numbers of Dalit and Mahadalit families and how many of them have got three decimals of land," he said while predicting that the Nitish Kumar-government would fall in two-and-half years.

Giving "negative marks" to the Nitish government, former CM Manjhi said, "The government did nothing in one year. Going by its performance, it will not even get a zero mark. It may even get negative marking."