Patna: A day after RJD supremo Lalu Prasad ‘inspected’ Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) here to take stock of its infrastructure and facilities, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Monday sought an “explanation” from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the issue.
In what capacity did the RJD supremo ‘inspect’ the IGIMS and was briefed by the officials, he asked, adding, the Chief Minister “owes an explanation” over it. Prasad had ‘inspected’ the IGIMS at Sheikhpura locality in the state capital on Sunday and was briefed by its officials about the infrastructure and facilities. His activism proved that there were “two centres of power in Bihar’s Grand Alliance government”, the senior BJP leader alleged.
“The RJD supremo’s advisory to the Chief Minister on law and order situation and visit to the IGIMS make one believe that Nitish Kumar holds the crown on his head, but it is Lalu Prasad who calls the shots in the government,” Modi said. The former Deputy Chief Minister also accused Prasad for “usurping” the duty of his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav, who is the Health Minister of the state, by inspecting the premier medical institution on his ward’s behalf and “issuing directive to the officials of the concerned department”.
Referring to Tej Pratap’s absence from previous session of the state legislature on health grounds, he alleged, the minister appeared to be a “reluctant minister” not bothering to reply to questions by lawmakers.
Modi also charged the RJD supremo of “harbouring greed for power”, and said that if it was possible Lalu Prasad would not “mind taking part in Cabinet Meetings too”.
Amid alleged spurt in crime graph, the BJP leader accused the Chief Minister of failing on the front of law and order and said that Prasad was indirectly reminding Kumar about his status as “junior leader” to him.