The Nitish Kumar authorities in Bihar on Wednesday discovered itself in a good spot over contracts price crores of rupees having been awarded to many shut family of Deputy Chief Minister . The matter got here to gentle following media stories about contracts for Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal, a a lot touted scheme launched by the chief minister half a decade in the past that goals to deliver faucet water to each family within the state.
The stories stated that in Katihar district, to which Prasad belongs, contracts price Rs 53 crore had been awarded to beneficiaries identified to be near him. One of them Puja Kumari is his daughter-in-law. Prasad, a senior BJP chief who has been representing Katihar within the meeting for a number of phrases on the trot, was not instantly out there for feedback.
However, officers of the Public Health Engineering Department, which is answerable for the implementation of the scheme, stated on situation of anonymity that there was no irregularity for the reason that contracts had been awarded after a clear bidding course of and it was a coincidence that some occurred to be the Deputy CM’s shut family.
The Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav was predictably livid. “It is a matter of battle of pursuits. Prasad might not have been the Deputy CM when the contracts had been awarded. But he was the native MLA. I’ve paperwork referring to this rip-off which I shall be sharing with the media within the subsequent few days,” the RJD leader told reporters.
Yadav, an ex Deputy CM himself, taunted Nitish Kumar, his former boss, over his alleged inability to act against the current deputy.He (Nitish) will not dare speak or act against Tar Kishor Prasad. He cannot run the risk of Srijan scam files being reopened, remarked the RJD leader, tongue in cheek.
The allusion was to a case of fraudulent withdrawal of money from the government treasury in Bhagalpur district which is being investigated by the CBI.
The RJD has been insisting that the chief minister was wary of taking on the BJP, a dominant ally which also rules the Centre, out of fear of being hounded by the investigating agency which has often been accused of doing the bidding of the ruling dispensation of the day.Meanwhile, senior RJD leader from Katihar Ram Krishan Mahto, who claims to have provided Tejashwi Yadav with all relevant documents, said he came to know of the alleged favouritism in awarding the contracts a year ago.
“I had provided these to the leader of the opposition with the request that he flag the matter on the floor of the assembly. Though he has not been able to do so till now, he intends to raise the issue in the next session,” stated Mahto, who represented Katihar within the meeting earlier than dropping the seat to Prasad in 2005.
“There are many irregularities. In some cases, funds have been made though the work was not full. I demand that the chief minister drop Tar Kishor Prasad and get the matter investigated by a sitting choose of the Patna High Court,” Mahto added.