Bihar CM defends black marketing, says not a crime if done by small traders

CM said that he did not mind such activities as the traders do to sustain their families and educate their children.

By: Press Trust of India | Patna | Published:September 3, 2014 12:50 pm
jitan-ram Manjhi has been in the news for many of his controversial remarks, which have embarrassed his party -JD(U). (Source: PTI)

Stirring up a controversy, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has said that hoarding and black marketing of goods by small traders will not be treated as a crime and asked them not to worry about such activities.

“I am aware that small traders indulge in hoarding and black marketing of goods to make profit in order to sustain their families and educate their children,” he said on Tuesday at a function organised by Bihar State Foodgrain Businessmen’s Association.

“You please don’t worry about your activities as the state government will not punish you for hoarding and black marketing on small scale,” Manjhi said even as the Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh looked bemused at the Chief Minister’s utterances.

Virtually defending hoarding and black marketing by petty traders, the Chief Minister said that he did not mind such activities as the traders were doing it for a noble cause – to sustain their families and educate their children.

Continuing in the same vein, he said that hoarding and black marketing by the small traders have had no no impact on demand and supply of goods in market as the quantity of goods being hoarded by the traders was insignificant in volume.

The Chief Minister’s off-the-cuff remarks has come at the time when the Centre has asked the state governments to crack down on hoarders and black marketeers to rein in price rise and inflation in the country.

Manjhi has been in the news for many of his controversial remarks, which have embarrassed his party -JD(U) and his predecessor Nitish Kumar, who had handpicked him as his successor soon after the ruling party fared miserably in the general elections held this year.

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    B.D.SINGH
    Sep 3, 2014 at 7:29 am
    The CM is a simple man and has not yet not learnt art to twist the matter to be politically correct.
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    Satya Paul
    Sep 3, 2014 at 1:58 pm
    He is following the example of Lalu and Nitish, who started EATING animal FODDER in small quany and the graduated to bigger shares, to suatain their bigger families.
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    Giggin
    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:03 am
    Omg what was he thinking?
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    Jadu
    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm
    So why not every individual commit small crimes daily to support his/her family?
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    K
    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    "Boondh Boondh Se Saagar". Succeeding as a pick-poicket, a small time thief gradually graduates to be a big thief, robber, dacoit and dreaded criminal. The Bihar government seems to be providing an ideal launching platform to become criminals, ders and black-marketeers and money-launderers.
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    Kunal Prasad
    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    Lalu days were always better that so called Modi days of Gujarat or Rajnatha days of UP.
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    Kunal Prasad
    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm
    Thank you...do you have any problem with that dear?
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    Guest
    Sep 3, 2014 at 7:53 am
    Congrats to all people of Bihar. You got the government you wanted.
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