Jitan Manjhi urges Centre to impose President’s Rule in Bihar

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Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Jitan Ram Manjhi.

Backing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) taunt to describe the worsening law and order in Bihar, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on 14 May suggested to the Centre that the situation in Bihar warrants imposition of President’s Rule.

Though Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was voted to power on development and improvement in law and order cards, criminals are flourishing in Bihar under the current regime, Manjhi told ANI.

People in alliances are insensitive and crime flourishes in their rule. “I have written to the PM seeking imposition of President’s Rule in Bihar,” he said.

The Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief said Kumar has also backed out from fulfilling the promises made before the assembly polls. The same man was now speaking about an ‘anti-intoxication’ drive to divert people’s attention, he added.

“Such incidents are repeatedly taking place in Bihar. Look at what happened in Gaya, a youth was killed in road rage. And now in Siwan, a journalist was killed,” he said.

Adding fuel to fire, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told ANI, “A JD(U) MLA was caught kidnapping and raping a minor, and another molesting a girl in a railway station. Recently JD (U) MLC Manorama Devi’s son Rocky Yadav had killed another in cold blood.”

Meanwhile, two people have been detained in connection with the murder of senior journalist Rajdev Ranjan in Siwan. The duo are being interrogated by the police for more details, said the Siwan SP.

Reacting to the news, the Congress has called on the Centre look into how journalists are being repeatedly attacked and murdered in BJP-ruled states.

“A journalist was killed by unknown assailants in Bihar and simultaneously another scribe Akhilesh Pratap Singh was killed in BJP-ruled Jharkhand. Two persons have already been detained for the crime. We hope that Jharkhand takes the same decisive action that Bihar has displayed,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told ANI.