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RJD, LJP, Cong demand dismissal of Nitish govt

india Updated: Jul 17, 2010 22:44 IST

Opposition RJD-LJP combine and Congress petitioned Bihar Governor Devanand Konwar today for immediate dismissal of the Nitish Kumar government in the wake of CBI probe into the alleged Rs 11412 crore irregularity in development schemes.

A joint delegation of the combine led by LJP president Ramvilas Paswan called on Konwar at Rajbhavan this evening and submitted a memorandum seeking immediate sacking of the NDA government.

A separate delegation of the Congress led by its state president Chowdhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser also met the governor and pressed for a similar demand.

Kaiser later said the governor should discharge his constitutional duties and immediately intervene in the matter if Nitish Kumar and his deputy S K Modi failed to resign on
their own.

Emerging from the Rajbhavan Paswan alleged that Kumar had lost the moral right to continue. ''Prima facie, it appears that Kumar was in the know of the irregularities as no action was taken since 2006 though the office of Accountant general continued to highlight these irregularities in successive reports.'' .

The governor should recommend imposition of central rule in Bihar in the light of the Patna High Court order for a CBI probe, he said adding Kumar's continuance would influence the inquiry.

Paswan also alleged that settled treasury norms were thrown to the wind by state officials in withdrawing the money through advanced contingent bills. The provisions of submission of vouchers (detailed contingent bills) within six months after drawal of the money from treasuries have also not been adhered to.

Konwar assured the RJD-LJP of doing the needful, he said.

Patna High Court had on Thursday ordered a CBI inquiry into alleged irregularities of Rs 11,412 crore in execution of development and welfare schemes, including MNREGA and mid-day meal schemes, in Bihar between 2002-2003 and 2007-2008.