Bihar CM confesses: Nitish couldn’t cut graft, I paid a bribe

Manjhi’s statement comes at a time when Nitish has joined hands with Lalu Prasad for the August 21 bypolls.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: August 14, 2014 8:55 am
nitish Manjhi replaced Nitish as Bihar Chief Minister in May. (Source: Express File)

In what is being described as a “self goal” in political circles, Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi Tuesday conceded that his party colleague Nitish Kumar failed to bring down corruption when he was CM. He also said that he had to pay a bribe to curtail his inflated electricity bill when Nitish was in power.

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Addressing a session of newly appointed block development officers (BDOs), Manjhi said, “It is true that a lot of development work was done under Nitishji’s rule. But corruption could not be brought down. Nitishji made sure that party workers became honest.”

He added, “Party workers say their stomachs remain empty while the officers’ paunches have been increasing.” Asking BDOs to act honestly, he recalled how even he had to pay a bribe to bring down his inflated electricity bill from

Rs 25,000 to Rs 5,000. “It is a different thing that I later got a raid conducted at the corrupt official’s house, from where crores of rupees were recovered. It underlines how deeply corruption is entrenched in the system,” the CM said.

Manjhi’s statement comes at a time when Nitish has joined hands with RJD chief Lalu Prasad for the August 21 bypolls, with the alliance using “good governance” as a major election plank. Nitish refrained from reacting to Manjhi’s statements on Wednesday.

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  1. A
    Arun Gupta
    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:34 am
    Manjhi is giving just glimpses of India . This type of corruption is rampant in all sphere of life in India .
  2. B
    Bihari aadmi
    Aug 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm
    Manjhi Sir. Please tell the Biharis whether you had to pay bribe to become CM?
  3. G
    Aug 14, 2014 at 5:49 am
    Is this a joke? And these people expect to challenge Modi?
  4. M
    Aug 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm
    FIR should be lodged for paying bribe and boasting about it
  5. J
    Jugal Kishore Sharma
    Aug 14, 2014 at 6:14 am
    Bribe could mange self imply spontnour rule the give and take formula race.
  6. N
    Aug 14, 2014 at 5:16 am
    The hon.(?) CM had a raid conducted on the bribe-taker, alright. But will he himself be prosecuted?The bribe giver is as guilty as the bribe taker !
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