Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s fourth term started with the resignation of Education minister Mewalal Choudhary, only three days after he took oath for the position. According to reports, Choudhary had to step down after the Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal flagged a three-year-old corruption case against him and questioned why he was inducted in the government.
It is to be noted that Choudhary, was earlier suspended from Kumar’s party in 2017 after an FIR was registered against him over alleged irregularities in appointments during his tenure as the vice chancellor of the Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour, in Bhagalpur district. The case was filed and investigations conducted against him after sanction from President Ram Nath Kovind, who was then the Governor of Bihar. However, no charge-sheet has been filed against him yet.
Pointing to that, Mr Choudhary had said filing of a case is no indication of guilt. “There are cases against so many legislators,” he had said, adding that he had not included the matter in his election affidavit as “The probe is ongoing. Nothing has happened”.
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav in a tweet addressed to Kumar said that “mere one resignation” is not enough and pointed out poll promises made by the National Democratic Alliance on jobs and equal wages.
मा. मुख्यमंत्री जी,
जनादेश के माध्यम से बिहार ने हमें एक आदेश दिया है कि आपकी भ्रष्ट नीति, नीयत और नियम के खिलाफ आपको आगाह करते रहें। महज एक इस्तीफे से बात नहीं बनेगी। अभी तो 19 लाख नौकरी,संविदा और समान काम-समान वेतन जैसे अनेकों जन सरोकार के मुद्दों पर मिलेंगे। जय बिहार,जय हिन्द
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) November 19, 2020