PATNA: Rejecting the opposition’s demand, JD(U) on Sunday said CM would not resign over the Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes and the party was ready for the Supreme Court or Patna high court monitoring of the probe into the case.
“Bihar’s mandate is till November 2020. Opposition should have patience. Why should resign midway?” JD(U) national general secretary and spokesperson K C Tyagi said and challenged the state’s opposition parties to unseat Nitish if they have enough strength in the 243-member legislative assembly. Nitish is also the JD(U) national president.
Tyagi criticised the opposition leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, for attending the RJD-led dharna and candle march at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Saturday. “Their assembly was not meant for the welfare of the victim girls. Their actual agenda was 2019 general elections. How can the rape of minor girls, which has shamed all of us, could be an issue to unite against the NDA government at the Centre and Nitish-led government in ? Their politics over the issue is the most unfortunate thing,” Tyagi told TOI over the phone from Delhi.
He said Nitish recommended for a CBI probe into the shelter home case on the opposition’s demand. “He (Nitish) is a sensitive person. The CM openly admitted that he felt ashamed over the incident. But the opposition parties are trying to hit his conscience so that he relinquishes the post. But, JD(U) will not let him do so,” Tyagi said.
Tyagi also alleged that the resignation demand was aimed at “assisting” the powerful sand and liquor lobbies that have been effectively marginalized by the Nitish government. He further slammed Rahul Gandhi, saying his joining the protest led by RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav was “very unfortunate”. He also condemned CPM leader Sitaram Yechury and CPI’s D Raja for joining the protest, saying how could they forget the killings of JNU president and Purnia MLA Ajit Sarkar. Tyagi referred to the two murders during the RJD regime in Bihar.
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