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Anil Kumar, Hindustan Times
Patna, July 22, 2013
Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday charged the Opposition (BJP) with being the main conspirator behind the recent incidents at Bodh Gaya and Saran with the intention of whipping up a frenzy, after being shown the door for their surreptitious attempt to foist its hardline agenda in the state.

The CM, who addressed a meeting of party MPs, legislators, district and block presidents and former candidates drawn from eight Lok Sabha constituencies headed by state president Vashisth Narain Singh as part of mission 2014 at his official residence I, Anney Marg, said “They are rattled by the turn of events and therefore intent on charging up the atmosphere.”

Exhorting workers to remain wary of the Opposition, he said “more such incidents can take place in the future too. The Masrakh and Bodh Gaya incidents have shown, that the BJP and RJD have joined hands. There is an urgent need to remain cautious.”

Referring to the Marsrakh incident, he said that the government had become active as soon as it came to light. Saran commission and DIG were asked to probe and FSL, too, collected samples and submitted its report. “But the RJD and BJP announced a 24-hour bandh the very next day, which hampered the probe,” he said adding “We will find those responsible for the criminal act and ensure punishment at all costs.”

Kumar said, the government announced compensation for the man made tragedy as it does in the case of natural calamities. But, the Opposition was more interested in hampering probe and earning political mileage. “The politics over the mid day meal tragedy was unfortunate,” he said and urged the workers to observe restraint.

"The Opposition is trying to test your patience as they are testing mine. People had given us the mandate for the development of the state and not for implementing BJP's hard-line agenda. We have come out unscathed in the past with people's support. We will ride this out too", he said even as he went about listing the programmes to meet the political challenges thrown up by 'former friends'.

The chief minister asked the respective district and Lok Sabha in-charge of Valmikinagar, East and West Champaran,Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Jhanjharpur and Supaul to remain stationed there. He also asked committee members of the six committees, mandated to hold workers conference in all the 243 assembly segments, to tour the constituencies in August from Wednesday to Sunday every week. “I will be holding review meeting in between,” he cautioned.

Prominent among those present during the meeting included RCP Singh, Arjun Rai, Sagir Ali, Baidyanath Mahto, Vishwamohan Kumar, while Sanjay Singh, Rajiv Ranjan, both spokesperson, Naveen Kumar Arya, Lok Prakash and Anil Kumar .