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Why Focus on Few Negative Incidents, Look at the Good Deed: Nitish Kumar on Bihar Rapes

On Saturday, during a major show of unity at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, a joint opposition led by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav demanded Nitish Kumar’s resignation over his alleged links with prime accused in the Bihar shelter home rape case.


Updated:August 5, 2018, 11:26 PM IST
New Delhi: Day after opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav was joined by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and others in his clamour against Bihar CM Nitish Kumar over the Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes, the latter shot back on Sunday saying everyone is just busy looking at a “few negative things” that have happened while ignoring all positive developments in the state.

“People are just busy talking about a few isolated negative incidents that have happened. You can also at times shower your blessings over the positive things that have been done,” Kumar said while speaking at a public event on Sunday.

He further added that no guilty person will be spared, neither will the people protecting them be spared.

Meanwhile, JD(U) leader KC Tyagi ruled out Kumar’s resignation over the case and said that the government was ready for a Supreme Court-monitored probe.

On Saturday, during a major show of unity at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, a joint opposition led by RJD leader Tejashwi demanded Nitish Kumar’s resignation over his alleged links with prime accused local strongman Brajesh Thakur.

Rejecting the demand for Kumar's resignation, KC Tyagi slammed opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, for attending the RJD-organised protest in Delhi.

Earlier, Kumar had said in a late reaction to the horrific incident, that he was “ashamed” of the Muzaffarpur incident.

It was a "friendship day" of parties seeking "political mileage" from the "unfortunate and shameful" incident in the state, he said.

"How can rape of young girls which has shamed us could be an issue for opposition parties to unite against the NDA government and the Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar and demand his resignation. This politics over hapless victims in Bihar is the most unfortunate thing," Tyagi said in a press conference.

Tyagi asserted that despite the opposition's demand, Kumar would never step down as the chief minister of Bihar and challenged them to unseat him in the Assembly.

"Nitish is a sensitive person and felt ashamed over the incident which the opposition parties are trying to use to hit at his conscience so that he steps down. But, he will never step down, we will not let him do so," he said.

Tyagi also alleged that the resignation demand was aimed at "helping" sand mining and bootlegging that have been effectively checked by the state government.

Tyagi criticised Rahul Gandhi, saying his joining the RJD protest at Jantar Mantar was "unfortunate".

"I also condemn Sitaram Yechury and D Raja who have forgotten the killings of JNU president Chandra Shekhar and Purnia MLA Ajit Sarkar and joined the protest organised by RJD," he said.

The JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson of the party said that Nitish Kumar had written to the Patna High Court for monitoring the probe into the case and asserted that the party was ready for such a probe by even a Supreme Court-monitored panel.

He asserted that the Bihar government acted against the accused swiftly and, as per the wish of RJD and other opposition parties, sought a CBI probe into the incident.

"Still, they are using this incident to spread lies and conspiracy theories for political purpose and to help sand and liquor mafia who have been effectively controlled by the Nitish government in the state," he said.

He charged that the opposition parties wanted "anarchy" and "jungle raj" back in Bihar by replacing JD(U) and Nitish Kumar.

Tyagi also demanded that all shelter homes for juveniles in the country be probed under a monitoring committee of the apex court.

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| Edited by: Sanchari Chatterjee
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