statesman news service
Patna, 11 August
It is time for Bihar Chief Minister to say ‘sorry’ again on behalf of his Cabinet colleagues who continue to embarrass the party by making disparaging comments towards the slain soldiers who were killed by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Kashmir last week.
Mr Kumar apologised to the nation for the second time in the past four days today, this time for the statement issued by Agriculture minister Narendra Singh who gave a virtual clean chit to Pakistan in the killing of soldiers.
“I don’t believe Pakistan is responsible for the killing of soldiers,” Mr Singh had told the media yesterday, blaming the terrorist groups behind the killing of soldiers. Likening the terrorists in Pakistan to the Indian Maoists, the minister even went on to say that "Just as the Maoists strike on their own, the terrorists too do not seek permission from the Pakistan government for launching any strikes”.
“This is very shocking,” Mr Kumar told the media in Patna today.
As both the remarks evoked wide public condemnations, an embarrassed JD-U today served show-caused notices to both the ministers asking them to reply in a week why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.
The party leadership has further warned of severe actions against leaders making irresponsible statements over sensitive issues and advised them to react with caution over issues pertaining to national and international affairs.
According to experts, he is not in a position to act tough against his leaders right now since his party avails only the simple majority of 126 in the state Assembly and thus, any smart move may land his government in trouble.
Such is the situation that the chief minister does not have the courage to expand his ministry even about two months after he broke his alliance with the BJP, apparently thinking any discontent among the ministerial hopefuls may ultimately lead to revolt in the JD-U.