Garden row: Have not sent cops to Manjhi's bungalow, claims Nitish
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today denied having any information about deployment of two dozen police officials to 1 Anne Marg, the residence of former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, to prevent latter from enjoying fruits from the trees of mango, litchi and jackfruit planted here.
"I have no idea about this, we are more focused on Bihar's governance. I am more concerned about the people of Bihar," he said.
"Few people develop affection with few things in a very short span of time," he further said in apparently referring to Manjhi's chief ministership tenure.
On the other hand, Manjhi said that Nitish is playing caste politics by making such provisions.
"This shows Nitish Kumar's twisted mindset, that a person from scheduled caste can not access the fruits. When Laluji was in this house was this security provision made? This is not respectable," Manjhi said.
Yesterday, two dozen police personnel were deployed to 1, Anne Marg to guard several trees of mango, litchi and jackfruit planted at here. Policemen deployed on duty at former CM's residence told reporters that they have been instructed to guard the fruits and prevent anybody from picking even the fruits that fall on the ground on its own.
Manjhi continues to occupy 1, Anne Marg, designated for the Chief Minister, even after being removed from the chair in February this year. Nitish presently stays at 7 Circular road bungalow.
Manjhi was handpicked by Nitish to succeed him after he stepped down from the CM's post in the wake of JD(U)'s debacle in general election last year. But, he turned a detractor after which he was unceremoniously removed from the post in February this year.