Ghost of fodder scam now haunts Nitish Kumar

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    Jharkhand High Court asks CBI to file report on role of Nitish

    Ghost of fodder scam now haunts Nitish Kumar

    Patna: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has come in the firing line of the opposition a day after the Jharkhand High Court asked India’s premier investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, to explain why the former (Kumar) should not be arraigned as accused in the million dollar scam along with his political aide Shivanand Tiwari, JD-U parliamentarian.

    The single bench of Justice RR Prasad has also asked the CBI to furnish its reply by November 22. This is the biggest setback for Kumar ahead of the next year’s general elections. Curiously, the first judgement in the fodder scam cases in which Kumar’s political rival and Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad is an accused, is scheduled for September 30.

    “Jharkhand High Court has asked CBI to file report concerning involvement of Nitish, Shivanand in fodder scam by 22 November. Don’t expect much from CBI because Congress will blackmail Nitish Kumar and bargain for alliance with JD-U in lieu of favourable report,” senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Kumar’s former deputy Sushil Kumar Modi tweeted Saturday.

    Accusing the CBI of using it as a tool to extract support from the regional outfits, Modi said the sword of CBI always hanged over the head of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad. “CBI is a tool in hands of the Central government,” added Modi.
     
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    How is Nitiish Kumar and Shivananda Tiwari involved?
     
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    not explained - hoping someone will !
     
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    Here's the asnwer -

    Lalu Yadav may be down, but don't rule him out!

    With Lalu Yadav's conviction in the fodder scam case, an alliance between the Congress and Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United should have been easier, but that may not be the case.

    Lalu and his militant Yadav clan will not make way for the two parties so easily, says Sheela Bhatt.

    In a judgment that has great repercussions for Indian democracy, Lalu Yadav, president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Member of Parliament from Chhapra, Bihar, was found guilty in a corruption case on Monday.

    Lalu Yadav is likely to be sentenced to three or more years in prison for siphoning off government funds meant for fodder for animals.

    One of India's most maverick and intelligent leaders, Lalu Yadav has already been sent to the Birsa Munda jail in Hatwar, Ranchi.

    Justice has been delivered 17 years late, but this is a rare case in which the Central Bureau of Investigation withstood a difficult legal trial for almost a generation.

    One's delight in seeing the justice delivery system at work is blighted by the political ground realities in Bihar.

    "The taint of corruption will be fought with the Yadav card in the villages of Bihar," says a senior editor in Patna. "The Yadav community feels slighted by the judgment."

    Tejaswi Yadav, one of Lalu Yadav's 11 children and the one chosen to be his political heir, made it clear outside the court that his party will expose the 'conspiracy' to imprison his father.

    Neither has Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar nor Congress leaders in Bihar unit commented on the judgment so far. Such is the vulnerability of political parties in the state that only the Bharatiya Janata Party has cheered the verdict. The other parties will tread carefully because of Lalu's sway over the Yadav community in the state.

    Lalu Yadav will soon rake up Nitish Kumar's name in the case. Prison is unlikely to extinguish his spirit.

    The main accused in the fodder scam case, the late Shyam Bihari Sinha, had made a statement, alleging, that in 1994, Nitish Kumar, then in the Samata Party, took Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million) as election expenditure from individuals involved in the scam; Nitish Kumar's colleague Shivanand Tiwari, Sinha had alleged, took Rs 30 lakh to Rs 35 lakh (Rs 3 million to Rs 3.5 million).

    On September 20, Justice R R Prasad asked the CBI why Nitish Kumar and Tiwari had not been made an accused in the case.

    With Lalu Yadav discredited, an alliance between the Congress and Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United, formal or informal, should have been easier, but that may not be the case.

    In Bihar, politics is a serious business and the RJD's militant Yadav supporters will not free the space easily to the Congress or Nitish Kumar.

    The Congress has just 2 out of Bihar's 40 MPs and has no hope of getting a respectable vote share in the coming Lok Sabha election. Its organisation in the state is decimated; it is more likely that Lalu Yadav's suporters who desert the RJD will move to Nitish Kumar's JD-U, and not to the Congress.

    The newly-formed government in Jharkhand is a coalition government, back by Lalu Yadav's five RJD MLAs. Of these five MLAs, two are ministers.

    The Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi had already upgraded its facilities in anticipation of its new VIP occupant.

    Before going to prison, Lalu Yadav declared that no one dies in politics. Indian Politics's Great Entertainer may survive in the long run, but today he has been shamed by the Ranchi court.
     

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