28 July, 2021

Nitish In Chirag’s Glare

The animus sown during the assembly poll still poisons the air in Bihar. Is Chirag Paswan a part of the ruling coalition or not? Who knows? Meanwhile, there’s talk of poaching….

Photograph by Soni Kishan
Nitish In Chirag’s Glare

What does the big brother do when two younger siblings fight? The BJP in Bihar, finding itself in such an unenviable situation, is just sitting back and hoping to ride out the political storm. But the problem is, this long-drawn battle between chief minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Chirag Paswan’s LJP is only getting uglier.

The latest friction bet­ween the two is over the construction of a medical college in Jamui, the constituency which has elected Chirag twice to the Lok Sabha. Chirag is accusing the chief minister of creating hurdles in the construction of the proposed Jamui Medical College and Hospital with the Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Corporation Ltd “inexplicably” cancelling its tenders “on two occasions”. The LJP president claims that construction of other medical colleges sanctioned at the same time has alr­eady started. “I fail to und­erstand why the tenders for Jamui are being cancelled frequently despite completion of the entire process,” he said in a letter to the CM. The government...

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