Katju slams Nitish,babus leave midway

Press Council of India chief Justice Markandey Katju on Friday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was “shying away from facing his own people”

Written by Express News Service | Patna | Published: October 20, 2012 3:28:27 am

Press Council of India chief Justice Markandey Katju on Friday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was “shying away from facing his own people”,who had shown dissent during his recent Adhikar Yatra. Katju also attacked Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his “model of development”,saying a state with malnutrition rate worse than the national average “cannot be called developed”.

Speaking at a function organised by the Centre for Social Responsibility,supporting Super 30 coaching centres of DGP Abhayanand,Katju said “the Bihar CM has been living in illusion and not doing any introspection over things gone wrong”.

Katju’s onslaught at the state government made the DGP and several bureaucrats leave the function midway. The organisers later disowned Katju’s speech calling it “unwarranted”.

Katju said,“Law and order might well have improved during the first term of Nitish but it has deteriorated during his present term,inviting ire of people. His recent Adhikar Yatra trips were met with violence and black flag protests.”

He attacked the Gujarat CM,saying the Gujarat model of development was flawed. “How can a state having worse malnutrition rate than the national average claim to be developed. Indian children’s health was worse than some African countries”.

Mounting further attack on Nitish,Katju said the Bihar CM’s recent meetings had “more police presence than those of people”. “People of Bihar have been expressing their anger after the government did not fulfil its promises of giving electricity and trying to create job opportunities despite ruling Bihar for almost seven years,” said Katju,who had previously alleged that “press was not free under Nitish rule”.

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