Manjhi questions Modi’s sincerity on black money issue

SansadTV Bureau
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Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “sincerity” on the black money issue and accused him of “betraying” people’s faith.

“Hawa bazzi kar rahe hai aur kuj nahi kala dhan ke mamle me (he is just plying to the gallery and not doing anything concrete on issue of black money),” Manjhi told at “Janata Ke Darbar me Mukhya Mantri” programme.

“After being slammed by the Supreme Court, a list of 627 persons having account in foreign banks was submitted but it came out that more than half of the accounts had no money,” he said in support of his argument.

Asked that leaders of G20 countries have backed the PM on black money, Manjhi said “was this (raising the issue at International platform) he had promised to the people?”

The Bihar Chief Minister also made a scathing attack at the Prime Minister for not fulfilling promise of providing special category status to the state.

In reply to a question that condition of Dalits remain poor in Bihar despite all claims of starting schemes for them, Manjhi said “its true that the pace with which benefits of such schemes should have been delivered to dalits has not been achieved. But, JD(U) government since times of Nitish Kumar is sincerely trying to accelerate the speed.”

Manjhi attributed controversy regarding his statement on upper caste foreign origin to “misinterpretation” of facts and said how come he could call them foreigners when they are living in the country for more than 1000 years.

On report card his government would be presenting on November 25, he said it would highlight continuation of work since his predecessor Nitish Kumar times.

“I am following roadmap of development of Bihar prepared by Nitish Kumar with a small addition here and there,” he said.

Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday categorically dismissed speculations about him joining the BJP.

“Its 200 per cent false,” Manjhi told at “Janata Ke Darbar me Mukhya Mantri” programme.

Speculations about Manjhi joining BJP gained ground after his statement recently that he would turn a supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi if Modi gives special status to Bihar.

“I have said so many times that BJP is a communal party and I have always done politics remaining in a party whose party is secular. How can I ever think also of going to BJP?”

He said and categorically dismissed any possibility.

He instead extended invitation to senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi to join JD (U).

“We have majority in the Assembly. Why do not you come over to JD(U)…we have worked together for more than seven years in NDA government,” he said in support of his invitation to the senior BJP leader who has been claiming possibility of Manjhi crossing over to BJP.