Siwan, Oct 10: Slamming the erstwhile RJD government in the state for its ‘secularism', Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the party's chief Lalu Prasad had glorified the perpetrators of Bhagalpur riots instead of bring them to justice.
“The erstwhile RJD government had tried to cover up more than 27 cases related to Bhagalpur riots, but NDA after coming to power ensured that the perpetrators are convicted and punished,” he said campaigning for JD(U) candidate Kavita Singh for the October 13 bypoll in Daraunda assembly seat.
“JD(U) believes in integrating the society and not dividing it,” he said.
Kumar referred to party chief Lalu Prasad's reported visit to Vindyachal recently and ridiculed him for his alleged belief in ‘occult'.
“I don't have faith in Tantra Mantra (occult) ... had it helped, a good exorcist will have been PM,” Kumar told a meeting at Radganj while campaigning for the Enumerating the achievements of his government, he said the state plan size was now pegged at Rs 24,000 crore from Rs 3000 crore during the erstwhile Lalu-Rabri regime. Kumar promised that his government would ensure quality education of children.
Without naming RJD heavyweight and its jailed former MP Md Shahabuddin, he claimed peace had returned to Siwan which was once synonymous with terror and crime.
State Ministers Narendra Singh, Vijay Kumar Chudhary, JD(U) president Bashishtha Narain Singh and Rajya Sabha MP Anwar Ali also addressed the meeting. PTI