|Lalu Prasad: During Golden Days|
his bête noire and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who had claimed good governance in the state.
Nitish Kumar of late has hogged the limelight for taking on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Also, the last few days’ events ahead of the Presidential poll have suggested that Kumar’s party is actually coming closer to the Congress making UPA’s long-time ally RJD nervous.
Prasad who also held the Union railway portfolio in Manmohan Singh’s cabinet during UPA-I, argued that the current political leadership in Bihar has “sidestepped and handed over the command to the bureaucrats who were calling the shots in the state”, a report published in Times of India said.
The RJD chief further claimed that the vulnerable sections including women and Dalits were not safe and police atrocities against the underprivileged sections have risen. The media reports quoted Lalu Prasad saying that Bihar now ranks third in the country in custodial deaths, and common men don’t trust the administration anymore.
Independent analysts say that bureaucrats are happy with Nitish Kumar despite the chief minister personally supervised attempts to cleanse the administration. Former revenue secretary NK Singh is a prominent face of Nitish Kumar’s party in New Delhi. Also, Ram Chandra Prasad Singh or RCP, a 1984 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS, was sent to Rajya Sabha at Nitish Kumar's initiatives.