Monday January 22, 2018
Home Politics Nitish and La...

Nitish and Lalu together represent “jungle raj”: Modi

0
//
31
Republish
Reprint

Gaya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his RJD ally Lalu Prasad, saying they together represented “jungle raj” and “poison” – and urged people to vote the BJP to power in the upcoming assembly elections.

Nitish Kumar led alliance to hold joint rallies
Nitish Kumar led alliance to hold joint ralli

Only a fortnight after he sparked a row with his “DNA” comment on Nitish Kumar, Modi launched another broadside against the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief at a rally here that drew thousands of supporters.

Both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad hit back promptly.

Nitish Kumar said Modi “has a habit of telling lies time and again”. And Lalu Prasad retaliated by saying that the prime minister was staring at defeat in Bihar because he (Lalu) had joined hands with Nitish Kumar.

In his speech, Modi warned people that “jungle raj” would return to Bihar if Lalu Prasad returned to power in the company of Nitish Kumar.

“I do not know who is Bhujang Prasad and who is Chandan Kumar. I do not know who is having poison and who is serving it,” Modi said, in reference to Lalu Prasad’s pledge to drink poison to derail the BJP in Bihar.

Modi also said the RJD-JD(U) alliance won’t last long.

“You have suffered their arrogance, deceit and exploitation for the last 25 years. Do you want such a rule to continue for another five years? I am here to appeal to you to vote for us to develop Bihar.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran said “jungle raj-II” will return to Bihar if his party was not voted to power.

Modi linked the murder of a BJP worker in Patna a few days ago as a sign of the likely return of “jungle raj.” He used the term “jungle raj” over a dozen times in his speech.

He blamed the 15 years of rule by Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi for Bihar’s backwardness. “When they ruled the state, hardly any development took place.”

Modi recalled describing the RJD as a “Rozana jungle raj ka darr” party. On Sunday, he said the JD(U) stood for “Janata ka daman aur utpidan”.

He promised that if the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance took power, Bihar will be out of the BIMARU tag.

“We will take Bihar out of BIMARU tag in the next five years by economic development like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.”

Modi also promised to develop Bodh Gaya, the birthplace of Buddhism, as a top tourist destination.

It was Modi’s second public rally after the one at Muzaffarpur last month where he started the BJP campaign.

Speaking in Patna, Nitish Kumar accused Modi of insulting Bihar and its people by calling it a ‘BIMARU’ or sick state.

“After insulting Biharis by questioning my DNA last month, Modi has again insulted Bihar and Biharis by terming it a BIMARU state,” he told the media.

Nitish Kumar insisted that Bihar was no more a BIMARU state. “It is an open secret.”

Experts once used to collectively describe undivided Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as “BIMARU” states to denote their backwardness. That terminology is presently not widely accepted.

Nitish Kumar said Modi had in a way threatened people by asking them to vote for the BJP if they desired help from the central government. “What kind of cooperative federalism is this?”

Describing the BJP as “Badka Jhootha Party”, he challenged Modi to prove his allegation that the JD(U) had spent Rs.300 crore on the election campaign.

“He should prove it as he has a habit of telling lies time and again.”

(IANS)

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 NewsGram

Next Story

CJI faces revolt from four senior most SC judges

The four judges -- Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur besides Justice Chelameswar -- released a letter they wrote to Justice Misra a couple of months ago

0
//
16
Supreme court went into a frenzy as four senior judges revolt against CJI. Wikimedia Common
Supreme court went into a frenzy as four senior judges revolt against CJI. Wikimedia Common
  • The sudden revolt against Chief Justice of India (CJI) by the four senior-most judges of Supreme Court has sent the whole judicial system into an uproar.
  • The four judges accused the CJI of corruption and breaches in a surprise Press Conference.
  • Judge Loya’s death’s controversy, supposedly, sparked this reaction out of the other judges.

Divisions in the Supreme Court burst out in the open on Friday when four senior-most judges took an unprecedented step of addressing the media to accuse Chief Justice Dipak Misra of breaching rules in assigning cases to appropriate benches, with one of them pointing to the plea regarding the mysterious death of Special CBI judge B. H. Loya.

The hurried press conference was called to reveal CJI's corruption. Pixabay
The hurried press conference was called to reveal CJI’s corruption. Pixabay

At a hurriedly called press conference at his residence, Justice J. Chelameswar and three other colleagues said the Supreme Court administration was “not in order” and their efforts to persuade Justice Misra even this morning “with a specific request” failed, forcing them to “communicate with the nation” directly.

The four judges — Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur besides Justice Chelameswar — released a letter they wrote to Justice Misra a couple of months ago, conceding that he was the master of roster but that was “not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the Chief Justice over his colleagues”.

Asked specifically if they were upset over reference of the matter seeking a probe into the suspicious death of Judge Loya, Justice Gogoi said: “Yes.”

Judge Loya's death is said to have happened due to a conspiracy. Pixabay
Judge Loya’s death is said to have happened due to a conspiracy. Pixabay

Judge Loya, who was hearing a case relating to the killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh in an alleged fake shootout in which BJP chief Amit Shah was named an accused (later discharged), died of cardiac arrest in 2014. His family has raised doubts over the circumstances in which Judge Loya died and have sought an independent probe into it.

Plea’s seeking probe came up for a hearing in the Supreme Court on Friday when the top court expressed concerns over it and said it was a “serious issue”. It asked the Maharashtra government to produce all the documents related to the case before January 15.

In a seven-page letter, the four judges said they were not mentioning details of the cases only to avoid embarrassing the institution because “such departures have already damaged the images of this institution to some extent”.

The clash among the judges in the highest court also comes in the wake of a controversial order in November in which Justice Misra declared that the Chief Justice “is the master of the roster” having exclusive power to decide which case will go to which judge.

The CJI called himself 'master of roster' further enraging other judges. Pixabay
The CJI called himself ‘master of the roster’ further enraging other judges. Pixabay

The CJI had given the order a day after a two-judge bench headed by Justice Chelameswar had passed an order that a five-judge bench of senior most judges in the apex court should be set up to consider an independent probe into a corruption case in which bribes were allegedly taken in the name of settling cases pending before Supreme Court judges.

Holding that the Chief Justice was only the first among equals, the four judges contended that there were well-settled and time-honoured conventions guiding the Chief Justice in dealing with the strength of the bench required or the composition thereof.

“A necessary corollary to the above-mentioned principle is the members of any multi-numbered judicial body, including this court, would not arrogate to themselves the authority to deal with and pronounce upon matters which ought to be heard by appropriate benches, both composition-wise and strength-wise with due regard to the roster fixed,” they wrote in the letter.

They said any departure from the two rules would not only lead to “unpleasant and undesirable consequences of creating doubt in the body politic about the integrity of the institution” but would create “chaos”.

The four judges also touched upon another controversial issue, the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) on the appointment of judges over which the Supreme Court had locked horns with the government.

The four judges also touched upon other problematic issues. deliason.files.wordpress.com
The four judges also touched upon other problematic issues. deliason.files.wordpress.com

The government, the letter said, had not responded to the communication and “in view of this silence it must be taken that the MoP has been accepted by the government on the basis of the order of this court”.

Justice Chelameswar told the media that they were “convinced that unless this institution is protected and maintains its requirements, democracy will not survive in the country or any country… The hallmark of a democracy is independent and impartial judges.

“Since all our efforts failed… Even this morning, on a particular issue, we went and met the Chief Justice with a specific request. Unfortunately, we could not convince him that we were right.”

Justice Gogoi said they were “discharging the debt to the nation that has got us here”.

The government appeared to distance itself from the controversy, saying the judges should sort the issue themselves.

Minister of State for Law P. Chaudhary said: “Our judiciary is one of the known, recognised judiciaries in the world. It is an independent judiciary. At this stage, I think no agency is required to intervene or interfere. The Chief Justice and other members should sit together and resolve. There is no question of panic.”

the matter should be resolved among the judges themselves, says P. Chaudhary.

The Supreme Court split had an immediate political fallout, with CPI leader D. Raja saying after meeting Justice Chelameswar that Parliament will have to devise methods to sort out problems like this in the top judiciary.

Two judges, Justice S. A. Bobde and Justice L. Nageshwar Rao, are understood to have called on Justice Chelameswar. IANS