Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday slammed the Opposition for the dharna over the Muzaffarpur sexual abuse in New Delhi on Saturday, accusing the leaders of politicising the “abominable incident”.
RJD’s Tejashwi Prasad Yadav led the dharna at Jantar Mantar with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the CPI’s D. Raja, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury, Sharad Yadav and former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Nitish said the smiling faces of the Opposition leaders showed their sensitivity. “They took out a candle march and sat on protest, but their sensitiveness towards the serious case could be gauged by their laughing and smiling faces. How could they laugh on such a sensitive issue,” Nitish said. “There would not be a single Bihari who is not ashamed about the abominable incident, but they (the Opposition leaders) made it a political issue and spoke whatever they wanted.”
Nitish asserted on the sidelines of his Lok Samvad that the country’s women knew about the mindset of the people in the dharna. “Such people were participating in the protest whose mindset towards girls and women is known to everybody in the country. They are not concerned about the case as much as we are. We are not going to tolerate such a shameful incident,” he said.
Though he did not take anyone’s name, it was clear that Nitish was talking about former party colleague Sharad who had put up vociferous opposition to the women’s reservation bill in Parliament.
“The dharna was staged to ensure that corruption does not become an issue in the country,” Nitish added. “These people keep doing such useless things. Some of them are chargesheeted in corruption cases, while others have been summoned by courts.”
The chief minister also said governor Satya Pal Malik’s letter to the state government, Patna High Court chief justice and the Union law minister on the Muzaffarpur case was an expression of his concerns. On whether the governor’s letter was appropriate or not, Nitish refused to comment and only said: “His Excellency can only say about that.”
Courtesy: The Telegraph