In an embarrassment to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Bihar's BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal has raised charges of corruption and irregularities on Nitish Kumar's administration. Sanjay Jaiswal in a letter written to Nitish Kumar on November 6, has alleged financial embezzlement of Rs 95 lakh without constructing a road in his constituency.
Jaiswal in the letter has written that "Respected Nitish Ji, you are visiting west Champaran district and I would like to draw your attention to the bad quality of Rural roads constructed by the Rural works department. In my parliamentary constituency, Rs 95 lakh was siphoned off by the engineer and contractor without even constructing the road, that too in the name of the destruction of the road in the flood in the month of December. It is shocking and this financial embezzlement, should be investigated and necessary action shud be taken against engineer and Contractor."
Jaiswal further went to write "I am sure this would not be a one-off the case in entire Bihar". This is not the first time Sanjay Jaiswal has written against his own government. A couple of years back, Sanjay Jaiswal had also raised the issue of irregularity in the railway track in his parliamentary constituency, causing embarrassment to the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
When contacted, while speaking to Republic TV over the phone, Sanjay Jaiswal stated "we are people's representative and it's not the question of JDU and BJP. But I am throwing light on the malfunctioning so that the govt can redress it. Earlier also, I had raised the issue of irregularity in railway ministry, run by my own party man Piyush goyal. What's wrong in it. There is no politics or differences. It's just that I am drawing the chief minister's attention.
When contacted Rural works minister Shailesh Kumar said: "The matter will be investigated upon, and action will be taken against those if found guilty." With the elections of the Bihar Vidhan Sabha drawing closer, this kind of arm twisting and tug of war will become a regular feature, till the seat-sharing arrangement between the BJP and JDU is finalized.
It's an open secret that JDU president Nitish Kumar wants to contest at least 20 seats more than the BJP, in 2020, Vidhan Sabha elections. But the BJP wants to contest an equal number of seats, like the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in which BJP and JDU contested 16 seats each, leaving 6 seats for LJP. It's not the first time Sanjay Jaiswal has blown the whistle against Nitish Kumar. Immediately, after Nitish Kumar's party, JDU lost 3 sitting seats in by-polls, held recently, Jaiswal had asked Nitish Kumar for introspection, on deteriorating law and order.