Congress Demands Dismissal of Nitish Kumar Government

Patna, July 23 (IANS) Congress legislators in Bihar Friday met Governor Devanand Konwar and handed over a memorandum demanding the immediate dismissal of the Nitish Kumar government over alleged irregularities of Rs.11,412 crore in the state.

A day after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Left parties legislators submitted a memorandum to the governor in this regard, Congress legislators led by state party president Mahboob Ali Qaiser also did the same.

The Congress legislators also demanded the removal of state assembly speaker Uday Narain Choudhary for his "partisan" role and decision to suspend 67 opposition legislators for unruly behaviour and taking no action against ruling legislators.

Qaiser told IANS that the governor assured them that he would look into the matter.

Qaiser said the Congress had distanced itself from other opposition parties to oppose the matter in its own way.

The 67 opposition legislators were suspended for unruly behaviour in the assembly, which witnessed violent clashes between the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and opposition members Tuesday and Wednesday.

Unruly scenes were witnessed in the assembly Wednesday as a slipper was flung at the speaker in the house and flower pots were broken in the premises by opposition legislators.

The delegation of the other opposition parties led by the RJD marched to the Raj Bhavan Thursday evening and presented a memorandum to the governor, demanding the dismissal of the Nitish Kumar government.

The Left parties, including the Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India-Marxist and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), have decided to stage a daylong sit-in July 23 over the scam.

Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi are among the 47 people named in the court complaint alleging irregularities of Rs.11,412 crore during 2002-08 in Bihar.

Petitioner Arvind Kumar pointed at financial irregularities in the use of development funds.

The Patna High Court has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the complaint, a move the government has appealed against.


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