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BJP exit raises concerns of policy reversal

Rai Atul Krishna , Hindustan Times  Patna, June 19, 2013
First Published: 01:11 IST(19/6/2013) | Last Updated: 01:13 IST(19/6/2013)

The resignations of the 11 ministers of the BJP from the Bihar government have raised concerns as to whether policy decisions taken under their charge will endure.

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Several ministers who left the government said while the execution of development works would  not be hit, policy revisits could cause some uncertainty and delay.

“Projects already under execution won’t be affected as this is fully in the hands of the bureaucracy. But my successor can question policy decisions taken under me,” said Nand Kishore Yadav, former road construction minister.

Citing an instance, Yadav said the tenders for the ambitious Ganga Pathway project – a riverside road running alongside the entire length of Patna – was slated to open soon.

Former deputy chief minister and finance minister Sushil Modi said in order to oversee a department effectively, a minister needed to be well-informed to generate ideas, monitor his charge and review its functioning.

“I hope for Bihar’s sake, my successor as finance minister will be equal to the task,” he said.

Former animal husbandry minister Giriraj Singh said a minister needed to be alert to the voices from his or her surroundings.


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