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Corruption Now A Game In People's Hands: Nitish Kumar

PTI 27 Aug 2011, 22:42:40 IST
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Patna, Aug 27: Appealing to Anna Hazare to end his fast, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said corruption had turned into a "game" in the hands of the people which they will not tolerate.

"Corruption is now game in the hands of people who are not prepared to tolerate it anymore," Kumar said.

"We want that a solution is worked out and Anna ends his fast," he said replying to a question at Indira Awas Distribution function in Danapur, on the outskirts of the state capital.

Stating that he had strongly opposed the action when Anna was arrested and was stopped from launching his fast at J P Park in New Delhi, Kumar said the NDA has placed its views and a solution is likely to evolve.

"Parliament is holding debate today and in principle, there is an agreement with Anna on the issue of corruption," he said.

Advocating for a strong and effective Lokpal, Kumar slammed the Congress for its "dilly-dallying" attitude towards the issue of corruption.

"In fact, I have no faith in the Congress and its leaders as they say something now only to change it later in accordance with the demand of time," he said.

The Lokayukta legislation was already in force in Bihar and "we are now now trying to make it further effective and broad," Kumar said and reiterated that the chief minister would also be brought under the purview of Lokayukta through an amendment to the existing act.

He said his government had implemented a strong Right to Service Act to eradicate corruption and the properties of public servants earned in excess of their known sources of income were being confiscated.

On the Centre's stand on the special state category status demanded by him and NDA for Bihar, Kumar said he would go through the statement of Union Minister of State for Planning.

"But one thing is sure that people will not allow further injustice to the state by the Centre on the issue.

"Bihar is the most backward state and if the Centre failed to give due attention to the demand of special state status, Bihar will not be in a position to attain the national average of growth in 40 to 50 years," he said, adding that the state met all the conditions required for according special state status to it. PTI