Patna, Nov 4 (UNI) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today claimed that the NDA government had succeeded in establishing ''rule of law'' in the state by breaking criminal-politician-police nexus and not giving political patronage to the perpetrators of crimes.
Inaugurating the executive committee meeting of the party's youth wing here, Mr Modi claimed that no one, irrespective of their political association or ''influence'', would be spared if they dared to breach the law of the land.
Referring to the recent attack on scribes by ruling JD(U) MLA Anant Singh, he claimed that the NDA government had ensured that proper action be taken against him and his accomplices.
''Within two hours of the incident, the JD(U) MLA was arrested and the state government recommended CBI inquiry into the whole incident, including the recovery of a girl's body, allegedly murdered at the behest of Mr Singh,'' Mr Modi said.
He alleged that more than 100 instances could be given when the ruling party MLAs and workers were allowed to go scot free during the Lalu-Rabri regime in Bihar.
Law and order situation in the state had improved remarkably and there was a sense of ''safety and security'' among the business fraternity, the minister claimed, adding that no businessman had migrated to other parts of the country from Bihar during the NDA regime.
''During the two years of NDA regime in Bihar, more than 10,000 criminals were convicted while some of them were awarded death sentences,'' he said, adding that 500 criminals were sentenced to different periods of jail terms during the last month itself.
''The NDA government had spent Rs 8,500 crore on development in the state during 2006-2007 while this figure was expected to touch Rs 11,000 crore in 2007-2008,'' Mr Modi said, adding that the RJD government had spent only Rs 23,000 crore during its 15-year tenure.
He exhorted the party workers to be prepared for the next Lok Sabha elections as it would be held in 2008, nothwithstanding the statements from UPA leaders that the Manmohan Singh government would complete its full term.