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Nitish Kumar smells conspiracy behind mid-day meal tragedy

Bihar CM says an understanding between the BJP and the RJD was very much visible after the incident
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First Published: Tue, Jul 23 2013. 11 28 AM IST
A file photo of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Photo: HT
A file photo of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Photo: HT
Patna: Smelling a conspiracy behind the mid-day meal tragedy in Bihar, chief minister Nitish Kumar has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had a “secret understanding” to derive political mileage from the incident.
“The forensic science laboratory, which highlights the presence of pesticide in the mid-day meal, has confirmed our apprehensions about a conspiracy behind the tragedy at a school in Saran last week”, he told a meeting of party MPs, MLAs and office-bearers on Monday as part of Mission 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The chief minister charged “an understanding between the BJP and the RJD was very much visible both after Bodhgaya blasts and Chapra mid-day meal tragedy” as the two parties had called bandhs on the same after the two incidents, state JD(U) spokesman Rajeev Ranjan quoted him as saying.
“The RJD and the BJP had called bandh together on both the occasions and this confirms the secret understanding between them”, Kumar said.
This was the first time that Kumar had spoken on the mid-day meal tragedy which claimed 23 lives.
He said he is apprehending that more such incidents will take place as part of the opposition’s efforts to destabilize his government and asked the partymen to be prepared for it.
He alleged the BJP, upset over losing power in Bihar after the break-up of its coalition with the Janata Dal (United), along with the RJD, “is busy fomenting instability against our government”.
“They are testing my patience but I will not move away from the chosen path”, Kumar said, adding “Bihar’s mandate was for development and we shall continue to move ahead along that path”.
Without naming the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led party, Bihar education minister P.K. Shahi hinted at the role of the RJD in the Chapra incident, saying “the husband of the school principal is an active member of the party (RJD)”.
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