The BJP Wednesday slammed Bihar’s Nitish Kumar government after files reportedly linked to the fodder scam went missing from the state’s animal husbandry directorate.
The opposition party alleged that it showed how state machinery was being used to bury the cases related to the scandal in which RJD chief Lalu Prasad had been convicted.
Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the case of missing files should not be seen in isolation because “a political atmosphere has developed after the JD(U)-RJD alliance came to power under which the government is being seen as a protector of crime and criminals”.
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“There were many cases registered in the fodder scam. It seems that the government’s power is being used to bury those cases one by one,” he said.
Mocking CM Nitish Kumar’s election slogan “Bihar is for Biharis”, Rudy said it now seemed that “Bihar is for criminals”. Rudy cited official figures and said over 46,000 cognisable offences had been registered in the state between January and March and heinous crimes like murder, rape and kidnapping were on the rise.
“We are not only concerned, but also troubled. That files linked to fodder scam have gone missing indicate that power is being used to capture the system, to finish off cases against those who are in power,” he said.
An FIR has been lodged in Patna in connection with the theft of about 500 files of Bihar’s animal husbandry directorate. The files were apparently related to the multi-crore fodder scam.