AVOIDING QUESTIONS over RJD leader Mohammed Shahabuddin’s comment that he was the Bihar chief minister due to “circumstances”, Nitish Kumar on Saturday trained his guns instead on the BJP-led Central government for introducing flexi-fare for certain trains, and attacked the Raghubar Das administration in Jharkhand for purportedly opposing implementation of prohibition in the state
Nitish, who was in Ranchi on way to Jamshedpur to attend a programme of the Kurmi community, said, “These things (Shahabuddin’s remarks) are not worth commenting on. These…are not significant for me.” Pressed further, he said the former RJD MP’s release from jail was part of the judicial process.
Reaching Jamshedpur by road for ‘Karma Mahotsav’, Nitish said the new fare mechanism introduced by the Indian Railways shows that the Centre is not tuned in to the needs of the poor.
Taking on the BJP-led government in the state, he said the movement in favour of a ban on liquor is gaining ground in Jharkhand and the BJP would have to “pay a heavy price” if prohibition is not implemented.