A BJP man NDA does not like
PATNA, April 29: Just as Mohammed Taslimuddin was a headache to Mrs Rabri Devi’s regime, a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator, Mr Giriraj Singh, has become more of a liability than an asset to the ruling National Democratic Alliance for the way he conducts himself.
The chief minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, is said to be unhappy and has reportedly urged the BJP to rein him in. Thrice in the past few days did he come to be mentioned as abusing senior officials and going to the extent of slapping them in full public view.
Mr Singh, a member of the Bihar Legislative Council, hit the headlines when he was accused of slapping the Saran range commercial tax deputy commissioner, Mr Laxmi Narayan Prasad, allegedly for not coughing up for the BJP’s Bharat surakhsa yatra. The officer was threatened with dire consequences if he failed to part with Rs 10,000. Mr Prasad made this disclosure himself at a Press conference. It led to an emergency meeting of the Bihar Financial Services Association yesterday at which deadline-specific punitive action was demanded. Failure, it was said, would ignite an agitation. Subsequently, a memorandum was given to the chief minister.
Mr Kumar spoke to senior BJP leaders after that. Reports said the leaders were equally indignant. Even though they defended Mr Singh publicly, they were said to be in search of a “permanent solution.” They recall Mr Singh’s questionable ways in last five months of the NDA government. Barely a fortnight ago, he allegedly abused the Patna airport director, Mr Atul Dikshit, as he refused to issue 25 entry passes. Shortly after that, he said the NDA government was “inefficient.”
When the Janata Dal-United and the chief minister objected, Mr Singh hurriedly issued a “clarification” saying all he had said was the police under the new regime had become inefficient.