Purnia (Bihar): In an embarrassment to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, an MP of ally BJP on Sunday questioned the NDA government's claim of good governance and development in Bihar and alleged that it has lost touch with ground reality as the leadership was "surrounded by sycophants".

"Corruption has become a buzz word in Bihar and the people claim to have not seen prevalence of this magnitude of corruption in the system earlier. The tall claims of good governance and development are nowhere to be seen across the state," BJP MP Uday Singh said at a public meeting in Purnia.

Referring to Kumar, he said the chief minister was living in a 'fool's paradise' if he believed that he was as popular a leader on Sunday as he was during the first stint of the NDA government.

"It was a matter of time that the accumulated anger of the people would burst and sweep away the ruling coalition," Singh said in an apparent reference to the protests that Kumar faced during his 'Adhikar Yatra' in the districts recently.

Singh, who represents Purnia parliamentary seat, called his public meeting 'Vedana (Anguish) rally' which coincided with Kumar's public meeting in neighbouring Kishanganj district as part of his 'Adhikar Yatra'.

He alleged that both Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi were surrounded by sycophants and have lost touch with the ground reality.

The "overbearing and domineering" bureaucracy was compounding the unpopularity of the NDA government in the state by creating a wide gulf between the people and their political representatives.

In his nearly hour-long speech, the BJP MP asked Kumar to find out whether important promises like granting of land to landless mahadalits had been fulfilled or whether people were getting certificates issued by the officials under Right to Service Act without demanding or taking bribes.


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