“Woman prisoners or prisoners above 60 years of age may be given the priority. lf suitable changes are required in the law, it may be considered,” Nitish Kumar said, stressing that India has a tradition of amnesty on special occasions.
JD(U) will launch a movement against the BJP government in the mineral-rich state over not getting basic facilities such as power, water, and roads.
The arrests came after the state government’s Social Welfare Department filed a case against the management of Seva Sankalp Evam VikasSamiti, the NGO which ran the shelter home.
JD(U) MLC Ashok Choudhary, a former state president of the Congress, who recently joined the Chief Ministers party, pointed towards the 2015 assembly polls when the NDA had fought without Kumar by its side and suffered a humiliating defeat, to drive home the point.
Speculation of a rift between the alliance partners was scotched after JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi said last week that Kumar would play the role of an elder brother in the Bihar NDA alliance.
Opposition leaders, including the former Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha President Jitan Ram Manjhi, have been critical of the Nitish Kumar administration over the ban, alleging that people punished for violating the law are primarily Dalits from a poor background and that the government fails to catch the big fish.
“It is not that an amendment in the offing. He was only saying that any such step of social reform in a democracy is based on constant dialogue and feedback, on the basis of which solutions or changes to any problem that crops up are decided upon,” JDU spokesperson said.
The June 7 meeting between NDA constituents in Bihar is being seen as a show of unity ahead of 2019 polls. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has denied any tiff between BJP and JDU.
“At times, one has to clarify certain misgivings and assert its position. We are not saying that we alone are responsible for NDA’s success in polls from 2005 to 2010, but Nitish Kumar’s development image surely drew votes,” said JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi.
JD(U) general secretary Pawan Verma, who attended the core committee meeting on Sunday evening, said the party had always been the senior partner and was the largest constituent of the coalition with the BJP.
While the ruling JD(U) advised RJD’s Tejashwi to “maintain decorum of language”, the opposition party said, JD(U) was envious of Tejashwi’s growing stature.
Calling it a win of Laluvaad over avsarvaad, the former Deputy CM of Bihar said that even the margin of victory is more than the total number of votes that JD(U) has won.
Nitish Kumar Wednesday visited Rajasthan’s Banswara and is likely to make similar visits to Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisharh — the three states that will go to polls later this year.
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Reacting to the fresh pitch, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav today said Kumar should have had a direct word with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, instead of making a plea for the same on social media.