PATNA: A day after the opposition party leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and sought his resignation over the shelter home rapes, CM Nitish Kumar on Sunday said the culprits in the case would not be spared at any cost.
“All those who have committed wrongs will go ‘andar’ (inside the jail). The persons who are trying to save such wrongdoers will also not be spared. They also will have to go to the jail. I have never protected or supported any wrongdoers till date,” Nitish said while addressing a rural development department’s programme after launching a ‘sustained livelihood’ scheme for the families whose traditional means of livelihood were affected due to enforcement of total prohibition in the state two years ago.

BJP senior and state’s deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi was also present at the programme held at Adhiveshan Bhawan here.

Turning towards media persons, Nitish said, “Zara positive feed par bhi aap log kripa karke dekh lein. Ek aad negative cheez ho gaya usi ko lekar chal rahe hain. Hum kisiko bakshne wale nahi hain. nahi kiya hai koi samjhauta. Baaki hum hi ko gaali dena hai toh dijiye. Kaise kaise logon se gaali dilwa rahe hain (consider and praise our positives also. Don’t drag only one-off negative that has just happened too much … I will not spare any one found guilty … but if you have to abuse me, you are free to do so, but do not let low-level people abuse me).”

On Friday, Nitish had said he was ashamed over the Muzaffarpur incident. Addressing a gathering at the launch of ‘Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana’, Nitish had said, “This incident has ashamed us. All those found guilty will be severely punished.”

Briefing about the sustained livelihood scheme, the CM on Sunday said in the first phase, the scheme is being implemented in 16 districts. “I hope the rural development department will implement the scheme in the rest 22 districts by the end of the current financial year,” he said.

The CM said the families covered under the scheme would be provided financial assistance in between Rs60,000 and Rs1 lakh for starting an alternative means of livelihood.

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