Instead of dealing with corruption, Nitish is focusing on opposition unity, that’s why this is the condition of Bihar

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Bihar has been in headlines for decades for corruption and playing with law and order. The Bihar High Court had termed Lalu Yadav’s rule as Jungle Raj. Its glimpse is left in the Nitish government. The image of Nitish government has been affected on the issue of Bahubali Anand Singh’s release from jail.

The bridge collapse incident of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was engaged in the efforts of opposition unity, made a lot of noise. The BJP does not fail to target the opposition parties in the matter of corruption. The BJP has been attacking the efforts of opposition unity in the past as well. The opposition has been calling the efforts of unity an alliance to save the corrupt. In fact, on February 23, 2014, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had laid the foundation stone of the under-construction four-lane bridge on the Ganga river at Aguwani Ghat, Sultanganj, Bhagalpur, at a cost of Rs 1,710 crore, but now the bridge has collapsed. The length of the bridge was 3.160 km. Its construction was 80 percent complete.

Even before this bridge had collapsed on 27 April 2022 due to strong storm and rain. At least 100 feet of the bridge had collapsed. This is not the first incident of bridge collapse in Bihar due to poor construction. In the last one year, there have been incidents of bridge collapse in the state 7 times, but Nitish government still did not wake up. Nitish Kumar, who is trying to get power at the center with the dream of opposition unity, is not able to handle Bihar. Bihar has been in news not only for corruption and anarchy but also for strange incidents. It is possible only in Bihar that a strong structure like a bridge may collapse due to a mere storm. Apart from this, such laughable incidents of corruption and anarchy have happened in Bihar. Due to these, question marks have been put on the methods of Nitish government.

Theft of a heavy duty train engine in any state cannot even be imagined. But in Bihar, thieves stole the engine of the train. A gang stole the diesel engine of a train which was brought for repair at Garhara yard in Barauni (Begusarai district). Thieves used to come through a tunnel and steal the engine parts. Used to carry engine parts in gunny bags. Only the engine superstructure remained. If Bihar is there, then such incidents are possible that on the lines of two kilometers of tracks have been stolen from the railway line going from Pandaul towards Lohat Sugar Mill. Rail services were disrupted on this side since the closure of the sugar mill. Thieves took advantage of this and stole two kilometers of track from the railway line.

An iron bridge disappeared from Bihar’s Banka district. Thieves stole two-thirds of this bridge by cutting it with a gas cutter. This bridge was constructed to connect Patnia with Dharamshala at a cost of lakhs of rupees. The length of the bridge is 80 feet and the width is 15 feet. This bridge was built for the convenience of pilgrims (Kanwariyas) going from Sultanganj in Bhagalpur to Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar. Even before this, an iron bridge had been stolen in Bihar’s Rohtas district. Here the thieves made 60 feet long and 500 tonnes of iron bridge missing. It does not matter to criminals in Bihar how heavy the stolen goods are and where they are located. Even if that place is the capital Patna. The thieves have the audacity to steal the mobile tower from Muzaffarpur. Earlier, thieves had stolen the mobile tower in the capital Patna as well.

Bihar has been in headlines for decades for corruption and playing with law and order. The Bihar High Court had termed Lalu Yadav’s rule as Jungle Raj. Its glimpse is left in the Nitish government. The image of Nitish government has been affected on the issue of Bahubali Anand Singh’s release from jail. By amending the prison laws, the Bihar government paved the way for the release of Anand Singh, who is serving a sentence for the murder of the district collector. Bihar has a long history of corruption and crime in politics. In Bihar’s Gulati Marati coalition politics, Nitish has eaten Gulati many times. In July 2017, Nitish had cited intolerance against corruption as the reason for the discord. Citing the corruption case against Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, Chief Minister Nitish had said that he felt ‘suffocated’ while breaking the alliance with the RJD. After six years, he again joined hands with RJD. Tejashwi became the deputy CM and Tej Pratap Yadav was made a minister.

Nitish Kumar is trying to challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party through efforts of opposition unity. On the other hand, the impression of rampant corruption and anarchy in Bihar under Lalu’s rule still remains. After the alliance for power with Lalu Yadav’s party, efforts to change the image of the state have suffered a setback. Corruption and criminal incidents on it are proving to be scabies. BJP has been publicly making corruption and law and order an issue on other opposition parties including Nitish. Surely this will be a big issue for the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as well. Opposition parties including Nitish have been accusing the BJP of malicious action by ED and CBI, but until the stains on the hem of these parties are not removed, not only the efforts of unity will suffer, but BJP will also get a chance to speak against them.

– Yogendra Yogi

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