Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s announcement that the state would hand over more than 82,000 revenue maps of 29,000-odd villages to Jharkhand has drawn a sharp response from his Jharkhand counterpart Raghubar Das.
Piqued at the announcement being made Friday after Kumar met Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) leader and former Jharkhand CM Babulal Marandi, Das Saturday asked whether “Kumar wanted to show that Marandi was the government”.
In a statement issued from Jamshedpur through his press advisor, Das said: “Politics is being played on the issue. What is the point of announcing a decision after meeting a person, who is not part of the government. We have made all the payments and the government has requested Bihar several times.”
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Earlier, an official communication issued by the Bihar CM said Marandi had requested him to transfer the maps to Jharkhand and the CM had decided to do it.
Marandi could not be contacted despite repeated efforts. An aide said he was in Giridih, apparently on a personal visit. Kumar and Marandi have recently come together to take on the BJP government in the state and also to be part of a bigger coalition against the ruling party at the Centre.
The officials of revenue and home departments in Jharkhand said the state should have got the revenue maps long ago. An official said Bihar has been stalling the issue primarily on the ground that several issues pertaining to assets and liabilities, post-bifurcation, were to be sorted out.