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Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad invoke Mahatma Gandhi to trade barbs at each other

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his ally-turned bete noir RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Wednesday invoked Mahatama Gandhi to apparently fire salvos at each other.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2017 21:19 IST
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Patna.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Patna.(PTI File Photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his ally-turned bete noir RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Wednesday invoked Mahatama Gandhi to apparently fire salvos at each other.

Addressing a function here to mark Earth Day, Kumar said that besides giving the ‘Quit India’ call on August 9, 1942, Mahatma Gandhi had said that the earth is capable of fulfilling requirement of human beings but not their greed.

“There is an urgent need to put a stop on growing tendency of greed,” he added.

Though he did not name anyone, it could be understood that the speech was as an attack against RJD President Lalu Prasad and his family on the series of corruption cases levelled against them.

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, who was sitting beside Kumar at the function, had levelled a series of charges against Lalu Prasad and his family for allegedly acquiring benami properties.

RJD president Lalu Prasad returned the barb to Kumar saying “Gandhi ji had rightly said about greed ... But political laalach (greed) is far more dangerous than corruption.”

Prasad, who was speaking at the official residence of his wife Rabri Devi, an MLC, said this while attacking Kumar for dumping the Grand Alliance government and joining hands with BJP to form a new government in Bihar.

Kumar had in the past used the popular Hindi proverb ‘Kafan me jeab nahi hota’ (there is no pocket in a shroud) to condemn persons nourishing temptation due to which they indulge in corruption.

During his speech he also talked about illegal sand mining cases in which names of a few RJD leaders have come to the fore. He also spoke about an alleged scam of Rs 250 crore at Bhagalpur where the amount was illegally withdrew from treasury.

Though the CM did not elaborate on the matter as an investigation is on into it, reports from Bhagalpur said that the scam is related to the withdrawal of cash from the district treasury in the name of a NGO which helps women in running small scale manufacturing of food items etc.

An FIR had been registered with Tilkamanjhi police station of Bhagalpur in this regard on the instruction of district magistrate Adhesh Titarmare.

Not long after the CM talked about illegal withdrawal of Rs 250 crore from the Bhagalpur treasury, a team headed by Inspector General of Police (Economic Offence) GS Gangwar landed in Bhagalpur to speed up probe into the matter.