Citing 'jungle raj', BJP MPs push for President Rule in Bihar

Opposition leaders highlight latest shoot out, other law and order issues prevailing in the state to justify their demand

New Delhi: BJP members in Lok Sabha yesterday sought imposition of President’s Rule in Bihar alleging ‘jungle raj’ and indulged in heated debate with their RJD and JD(U) counterparts who strongly opposed their demand.

Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar attends to the complainants during ‘Janata Ka Darbar’ programme in Patna yesterday. Pic/PTI

Raking up the issue of deteriorating law and order in the state in the Zero Hour, BJP MP Janaradhan Singh Sigriwal alleged that several ruling alliance legislators or their kins were recently found to have been involved in criminal activities.

Sigriwal referred to incidents of rape and molestations involving RJD-JD(U) legislators and demanded that a central team should visit the state to ‘see for itself’.

He further sought imposition of President’s Rule in the state. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, also a BJP MP from Bihar, narrated a number of incidents to drive home the point that Bihar is witnessing ‘jungle raj’ and law and order was deteriorating in the state.

The statements led to a war of words between them and Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav (RJD) and Kaushalendra Kumar (JD-U) who protested their demand for central rule.

All's well: Nitish

Brushing aside the barb of ‘return of jungle raj’ in the wake of murder of a youth  in Gaya, CM Nitish Kumar said, “...(the jungle raj barb) is a subjective approach of the BJP. For them the person committing a crime is more important. But for me the incident is more significant irrespective of the person or his family’s standing.”

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