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Home / Bihar Election / ‘People and I believe he’s corrupt’: Chirag Paswan again attacks Nitish Kumar

‘People and I believe he’s corrupt’: Chirag Paswan again attacks Nitish Kumar

Speaking at a rally in Buxar on Sunday, LJP chief Chirag Paswan had ‘vowed’ Bihar CM Nitish Kumar ‘would be behind bars’ if his party is voted to power.

bihar-election Updated: Oct 26, 2020, 11:48 IST
hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Buxar: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) President Chirag Paswan addresses a rally ahead of Bihar assembly polls, in Buxar district, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (PTI Photo)
Buxar: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) President Chirag Paswan addresses a rally ahead of Bihar assembly polls, in Buxar district, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (PTI Photo)

A day after he ‘vowed’ Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar would be behind bars if his party is elected to power in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan on Monday reiterated Kumar was ‘corrupt’ and if not, “it will be cleared in a probe.”

(Click here for full Bihar Assembly Election 2020 coverage)

“I said that if they’re guilty, they’ll be sent to jail after the probe. How can it be possible that the CM doesn’t know about large scale scams and corruption? He’s involved too. If not, it’ll be clear in a probe. But people and I believe that he’s involved, he’s corrupt,” news agency ANI quoted Paswan as saying.

 

Speaking on Bihar’s liquor ban, Paswan asked why it was not being reviewed. “Is liquor smuggling not going on? Everyone is getting it. Government and administration are colluding. There’s not one minister in the Bihar government who doesn’t know about it. If you don’t want to review it, it means you yourself are involved,” he further said.

(Read more: Nitish Kumar will be behind bars if LJP comes to power)

On November 26, 2015, Kumar had announced alcohol would be banned in Bihar from April 1,2016. He officially declared a total ban on liquor in Bihar on April 5, 2016.

“Everyone knows where the money is going. CM is going to contest elections and do a lot of things. All of this is a matter of investigation. It’ll be investigated by our government where all the money of liquor smuggling, ‘7 Nischay’ scheme and funds by centre are going,” Paswan added.

 

Though both Paswan’s LJP and Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) are allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the Centre, the LJP is contesting the Bihar assembly polls on its own. The JD(U), meanwhile, is contesting as a member of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

(Read more: Deep dive into the Bihar pre-poll survey)

Recent days have seen Paswan attack Kumar a number of times. However, he has also repeatedly expressed his admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

(Read more: PM Modi’s Bihar poll speech left Chirag Paswan ‘emotional’)

Bihar will vote in three phases-October 28, November 3 and November 7. Counting of votes, meanwhile, will take place on November 10, as per the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI) last month.

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