Even as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar challenged the BJP to a debate on law and order to blunt its attack over the killing of Siwan journalist Rajdev Ranjan, former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi hit back by daring him to get his ally, RJD, to drop former MP Mohammed Shahabuddin from its national executive.
The senior BJP leader also claimed that the case being handed over to the CBI following demands made by the family showed that people had no faith in the state police.
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“With circumstantial evidence pointing towards possible involvement of Mohammed Shahabuddin, the state police would have anyway found it difficult to move ahead with the investigation because of Nitish Kumar’s political constraints due to alliance with Lalu Prasad,” Sushil Modi said.
He added that it was ironic that the RJD had suspended Rajballabh Yadav, an MLA accused of rape, from the party, but had included convicted Shahabuddin in its national executive.
“Nitish Kumar is talking about rule of law and has been challenging the BJP to debate law and order, I simply want to know if he can get Shahabuddin out of national executive of his alliance partner,” said Modi, adding that while a debate on law and order can wait, the Bihar CM should first tell people status of investigations involving 13 legislators and MPs of the ruling alliance.