Express press service
PATNA: BJP MP Chhedi Paswan courted further controversy on Monday when he pleaded for the post of chief minister of Bihar’s saffron party for the remaining two and a half years of NDA rule.
In an interview with a private news channel in New Delhi, Paswan, who represents Sasaram Lok Sabha headquarters in Rohtas district, said the BJP should have its chief minister in Bihar for two and a half years.
Alleging that BJP lawmakers and workers were being ignored under NDA rule, Paswan said the BJP was the largest party with 74 deputies in the state legislature. “Yet Nitish Kumar of JD-U is the chief minister,” he added.
The two-term MP went further and said he (Nitish) could team up with Dawood Ibrahim (known for his terrorist connections) to save his chair. “JD-U is number three in Bihar. Still, he has his CM,” he claimed.
He said there was no reason for the BJP to come under pressure from Nitish Kumar. “Nitish’s pressure policy is now on display,” he said, adding that it was no longer necessary to work under pressure.
The MP revealed he had suggested to key party leaders to challenge the Assembly polls in 2020 solo. “If we had contested the elections by ourselves, we would have our CM,” he argued.
Paswan’s comments came just hours after BJP Head of State Sanjay Jaiswal launched yet another attack on Nitish. In a lengthy Facebook post, Jaiswal said the Center has allocated more funds to Bihar compared to other backward states.
He alleged that the state government failed to use the funds allocated to Bihar under the special scheme. “When special assistance is given to Bihar, why is there an outcry for special status,” he asked.
Jaiswal was reacting to JD-U National Chairman Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh’s new request for special status in Parliament. Additionally, JDU MLC Neeraj Kumar said, “Special status is our right. And we claim our rights.