March 14, 2011 4:12:09 am
Veteran walks out of Congress
Mahachandra Prasad Singh,the Congress Legislature Party leader in the Legislative Council,has left the party. Singh,one of the most senior party leaders,has sent his resignation to Sonia Gandhi and is likely to quit the Legislative Council too. He appears inclined to join the ruling JD-U,having announced support for some government moves. Bihar Congress president Choudhary Mehboob Ali Qaisar tried to mask the partys disappointment by calling Singh an opportunist whose departure would cleanse the party. The fact is,the party has no leader of Singhs stature who could have spoken up in either of the two Houses. Singh,who had been with the Congress for 30 years,unsuccessfully contested the last Assembly election from Muzaffarpur Assembly segment.
Finally,cm gets a rival to spar with
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,who had expressed a desire for a strong Opposition leader to contend with,has finally got his wish,with the RJDs Abdul Bari Siddiqui sparring with him in the Assembly. When Rabri Devi led the Opposition,she was either absent or quiet. The trend was continuing this term,too,with the ruling bench controlling 206 of 243 seats till Siddiqui started to take on the CM,questioning his announcements on work done. You work less,brag more, Siddiqui told him. The two leaders,incidentally,share a deep mutual respect.
Lalu back: nitish has no magic wand
Outside the Assembly,Lalu Prasad has finally lifted a self-imposed ban on speaking up against Nitish Kumar. At a recent public meeting in Patna,he mocked the Chief Ministers claims on a turnaround by Bihar,saying Nitish Kumar has no magic wand but is just playing up statistics. Nitish,for his part,has stopped mentioning Lalu. The only indirect dig came after the Railway Budget presentation,when Nitish pointed out that the mega profit a reference to the budgets while Lalu was Minister is absent from Mamata Banerjees presentation. Hurdle before power investment
The Chief Minister has again taken on the Centre by accusing Delhi of depriving Bihar of a Rs-3,825-crore investment in power. Nitish Kumar said several proposals awaiting clearance have been kept pending by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. Over a dozen companies have sought procurement of 1,100 acres non-agricultural land to set up power projects. A Korean company plans a power plant at Chakai but the project has not yet got a no-objection certificate from the Centre.
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