Manoj Chaurasia / Patna:
After lying low for some time, RJD chief Mr Lalu Prasad today declared a war on the ruling Nitish Kumar government in Bihar while leading party’s “Maha Dharna” before the statue of Jai Prakash Narayan in Patna.
Trying hard to reorganise the almost disintegrated and demoralised RJD force, it was here at this site that Mr Prasad had taken oath as the 25th chief minister of Bihar 21 years back on 10 March 1990, giving a go-by to established convention of attending the swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhawan.
Thousands of workers, leaders and senior party officials cheered as Mr Prasad led them from the front, launching an scathing attack on the ruling NDA government in Bihar. The Maha Dharna was organised against alleged rampant corruption prevailing in the government and its failures on all front.
It was for the first time in the past eight months that the RJD has attempted to mount a campaign against the Nitish government.
“Corruption is flourishing in the government, law and order situation is at its worst and the basic amenities have simply gone missing… It’s total blackout in the whole of state as there is no power. Where is the government?” he thundered while addressing party activists.
Alleging large-scale financial discrepancies in reconciling AC/DC (abstract contingency and detailed contingency) bills and huge irregularities in the allotment of industrial lands to the relatives of ministers, legislators and senior bureaucrats, Mr Prasad sought a CBI probe into the matter.