Patna: Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Modi on Monday alleged there has been a spurt in the state's crime graph since the Mahagathbandhan government came to power and charged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with "ignoring" governance in "pursuance" of his national ambition.
"... Criminals have been merrily committing crimes, including murder, and even court premises are not safe from such elements," he told reporters on the sidelines of 'Janata Durbar' at his official residence.
He alleged the CM has everything else in his mind except governance, while the state grapples with
"deteriorating" law and order situation.
"Kumar has compromised on governance issues in pursuance of his national ambition (of becoming prime minister one day)," he said.
Kumar had recently called for a wider Opposition unity to defeat BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha poll.
"It is high time the Chief Minister makes a choice between taking responsibility of law and order and government, for which the people of Bihar had given him a landslide, or leave the post to fulfil his national ambition on a full-time basis," the senior BJP leader said.
If Kumar feels his national ambitions are more pressing then he should vacate the Chief Minister's post in favour his deputy Tejaswi Yadav and it will be fitting that the leader of the party with largest number of seats in the Grand Alliance -that is RJD - rules the state, the former deputy CM said.
He also criticised Kumar for "burdening" Bihar police with the responsibility of ensuring implementation of
prohibition saying they already have "their plates full" as they are tackling "deteriorating" law and order situation.
Referring to the murder of RJD's Saharsa district chief and death of an RJD MLA's sister in Bhojpur district for resisting eve-teasing recently, he said even ruling party leaders and their kin "do not feel safe".
The senior BJP leader demanded ban on sale of liqour in army canteens as well as tobacco products in consistent with prohibition.
Taking strong umbrage of Kumar's attack on the RSS and proposing to make the country "Sangh-mukt", Modi released a May 13, 2006 photograph of the CM showing him attending a function in Patna to mark RSS leader M S Golwalkar's birth centenary.