Patna: A comment by Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has sparked off a row. He was heard saying that traders indulging in small scale black marketing will be pardoned by the Bihar government as they are only doing this to help their families.
"There are people who indulge in black marketing worth crores, They are still roaming free. If you are indulging in black marketing for Rs 1000 or Rs 4000 for your family, you are doing no wrong. Being the CM of Bihar, I will pardon such small mistakes," Manjhi said.
This statement comes just days after he was heard saying that his mentor former chief minister of Bihar and Janata Dal United (JDU) leader Nitish Kumar failed to bring down corruption in the state when the latter was in power. Manjhi said his family members had to pay a bribe of Rs 5,000 to electricity department officials to get his power bill modified a couple of years ago.
He moved on to say how corruption prevailed in the official machinery from top to bottom. Manjhi agreed to the immense development that was brought about in Nitish Kumar's rule. But he said that the corruption is so deep rooted that even Kumar could not bring it down.
Manjhi had expressed his displeasure at having to pay a bribe inspite being a minister. "Bihar today faces the biggest challenge of erasing corruption," said Manjhi.