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Masses in Bihar confused over ‘vacillating’ stand of Nitish Kumar on corruption

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PATNA: The general masses in Bihar are confused over the “vacillating” stand of the JD-U headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar and are wondering if the party was looking for excuses to walk out of the ruling alliance to join the company of the BJP.

The confusion has grown after the JD-U leaders launching fresh attacks on the RJD for failing to come clean on the allegations after it announced the issue has been solved after Tejashwi Yadav met the chief minister.

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“There is just no change in the stand of the JD-U over corruption. Those facing corruption charges in the RJD should give point-by-point reply before the masses,” JD-U spokesman Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said.

Another spokesman Ajay Alok has said the issue of corruption was proving heavier over the issue of secularism.  Yet another spokesman Nikhil Mandal said the corruption and social justice couldn’t go side by side.

The common men are now questioning the JD-U’s move to routinely seek clarifications from the RJD over the issue of corruption saying the Nitish Kumar’s party was free to chart out its own course if it doesn’t find comfortable in the company of the RJD.

“None is preventing the JD-U to walk out of the Grand Alliance. As such, it wants to present itself as an entirely different party despite being in the company of the RJD and gain political mileage,” asked Rajiv Kumar Singh, a local resident of Patna.

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Another resident Vijay Pandey said the corruption issue of the JD-U is a “nautanki” (drama).

“Nitish Kumar lost his image the day he joined hands with Lalu Prasad who is convicted in a fodder scam. So the corruption issue is nothing but a political move to save his face,” he explained.

Tejashwi who is deputy chief minister in the government has been named an accused in a corruption case by the CBI and the JD-U wants him to resign but the RJD has made it clear he will not resign.

This has led to a bitter verbal duel between the two partners. As such, the RJD’s refusal for Tejaswhi’s resignation has blunted the JD-U’s claim about its zero tolerance on corruption and the leaders apprehend this could badly mar party’s prospects in coming elections.

Experts say it’s a two-way loss for the JD-U. If it walks out of the Grand Alliance, its “political opportunism as well as claim on secularism” will be out on display and if it chooses to stay, this will convey the message that the JD-U has compromised over the issue of corruption.

More because, the chief minister had forced at least four of his “tainted” colleagues to resign from his cabinet in the past on similar ground. The same person, however, looks helpless before the RJD.

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