RJD has no moral right to question Nitish govt on relief operation

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Patna, Sep 16 (UNI) The JD (U) today said the RJD had no moral right to put a question mark over the rescue and relief operation carried out by the Nitish Kumar government in the flood-ravaged areas of north Bihar.

National spokesman of the party Shivanand Tiwary told newspersons here that the Nitish Kumar government was carrying out rescue and relief operation in the flood-hit areas of north Bihar to the best of its ability and the RJD had no moral right to put a question mark over it.

'' The track record of the RJD government in its 15-year-long regime on distribution of relief has not been good, '' Mr Tiwari said adding altogether 19 flood victims were killed in police firing during the Lalu-Rabri regime.

Mr Tiwari alleged that crores of rupees meant for relief among the flood victims had been misappropriated by the RJD leaders in connivance with some officers in 2004.

Referring to the chargesheet prepared by the RJD against Mr Kumar on the ''failure'' of the Bihar government in preventing the breach of the Kosi embankment that caused catastrophic flood in north Bihar, Mr Tiwari said the RJD was acting like both prosecution and the court.

Former State Water Resources Minister Jagdanand Singh, who released the chargesheet on behalf of the RJD against Mr Kumar, was himself in the dock as he would have to explain what steps were taken by him to strengthen the Kosi embankment during the 15-year- long regime of Lalu-Rabri.

When asked about the allegation of the Railway Minister that Mr Kumar had demanded Rs 9000 crore from the Centre for rehabilitation package, Mr Tiwari said Mr Prasad had no right to question as if there was any doubt on assessment, the Prime Minister should have asked from the Chief Minister.

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