December 8, 2022

Bihar minister who hit out at Nitish ‘forced to resign’ | Patna News – Times of India


PATNA: Bihar agriculture minister Sudhakar Singh, whose pot-shots caused much embarrassment to the Grand Alliance (GA) government in general and CM Nitish Kumar in particular, resigned on Sunday, the second RJD minister to leave since September.
Top sources said Sudhakar was forced to leave. “He didn’t resign on his own. Rather, he was forced to resign due to pressure from the chief minister,” said a source, requesting anonymity.
Although Sudhakar himself didn’t offer any comment, his father and state RJD president Jagadanand Singh sought to describe his resignation as a “sacrifice” and said his son had put in his papers to ensure that the government functions smoothly. “He (Sudhakar) resigned as we don’t want to let the rift widen. Yet, the interests of the farmers and youths can never be ignored,” Jagadanand said.
“The agriculture minister had been raising issues of farmers for long, but he must know that those who follow this path also have to make sacrifices,” Jagadanand said.
CM Nitish accepted Sudhakar’s resignation and sent his recommendation to governor Phagu Chauhan. Tourism minister Kumar Sarvajeet — RJD MLA from Bodh Gaya — has been assigned agriculture while deputy CM and RJD spearhead Tejashwi Prasad Yadav will look after tourism. Earlier, on September 1, RJD’s Kartik Kumar had resigned as law minister over a kidnapping case.
Sudhakar — a first-time MLA and minister —had been taking digs at his own government since he took oath on August 17 by frequently raising issues of rampant corruption in his department and questioning Nitish’s agriculture roadmaps.
The RJD minister set the cat among the pigeons on September 13 when he said there were many thieves in his department and that way, he was the “choron ka sardar (ring leader of thieves)”.
He had also pressed for restoration of the ‘bazaar samiti’ system (wholesale markets for farm produce), scrapped during the NDA regime under Nitish in 2006, and last week asked villagers to beat officials seeking bribes with shoes — remarks that apparently turned out to be his nemesis. The comments gave the Opposition BJP ammunition against the Grand Alliance government weeks after Nitish dumped BJP and aligned with RJD and others.
When Nitish asked Sudhakar at a cabinet meeting about his comments, the RJD leader was reported to have walked out. The Ramgarh MLA later said there was no question of “amending” his statement.
Political observers felt Sudhakar’s resignation would not impact the two-month-old Grand Alliance government and instead saw his exit as a “correction process”.
“The government is very much stable. Their (the RJD ministers’) continuance was damaging the image of the government as well as the national ambition of Nitish Kumar, who is on a mission to unite the opposition in the country,” said political analyst and former Patna College principal NK Choudhary. He described the RJD ministers’ exit as a part of a strategy to keep Nitish in good humour amid a buzz that he had agreed for a “quiet transfer of power” to his deputy Tejashwi.
DM Diwakar, former director of AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies, felt the resignations indicated Tejashwi, too, was not ready to tolerate ministers as “liabilities”.



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