Sunday, 13 November 2011

Nitish Kumar lashes out at Team Anna, says they can't dictate terms

From TOI

Nitish Kumar  lashes out at Team Anna, says they can't dictate terms
NEW DELHI: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday lashed out at Team Anna for criticizing his Lokayukta bill and asked the anti-graft campaigners not to seek to dictate terms, dealing a blow to their efforts to rally non-Congress parties in support of the Jan Lokpal bill.

Reacting to Team Anna's charge that the state government's Lokayukta bill fell far short of assurances that Kumar gave to them, the Bihar chief minister said he made no commitment to anyone.

Kumar, who is touring the district of West Champaran to gather feedback on implementation of development schemes, told a group of journalists in Chenainban village in Majhaulia block, "I am accountable only to people; no one else, and don't need intermediaries."

He was also critical of the civil society faction for playing jury on the issue of corruption. "It would be better if people stayed within their limits."

Kumar, whose government recently enacted a law which provides for confiscation of properties of corrupt public servants, asserted that he had done more to tackle corruption in Bihar than anyone since independence.

"We don't need certificates from anyone," he added. When contacted, sources close to the chief minister confirmed the development.

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