Leader of opposition in state assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Wednesday asked CM Nitish Kumar whether he would request PM Narendra Modifor an impartial probe against those whose names have figured in the Panama papers, which forced Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.

“Names of the BJP’s Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh’s son, cine star Amitabh Bachchan, who is a brand ambassador of the NDA government’s sanitation programme, and one of the Adani brothers have so far figured in the Panama papers. People fear that the case may be put in the cold storage as like Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam, because of the involvement of leaders closely associated with the BJP. Will Nitish ji ask the PM for an impartial probe into Panama papers and action against the persons involved?” Tejashwi asked at a press meet.

Accusing Nitish of double standards on corruption issue, Tejashwi said if Nitish was firm on his zero tolerance on corruption, he should ask the PM for a thorough probe into the Vyapam scam.

Quoting a report of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), Tejashwi said criminal cases were pending against 75% of the ministers in the Nitish’s new government. The CM himself is facing murder charge. “Now, how Nitish ji is sitting with the tainted ministers, when he had problems with me only because of an FIR registered against me? Where has Nitish’s morality gone?” Tejashwi asked. He also alleged that five cases were pending against deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi.

Terming Nitish a ‘kursi-premi’, Tejashwi said the Bihar CM was known for ditching pro-Mandal and pro-secular forces. He said when RJD boss Lalu Prasad was fighting for the cause of backward and poor people in Bihar in the 1990s after the Mandal agitation, Nitish had joined the ‘Kamandal’ camp led by L K Advani. “Nitish had joined hands with the communal forces who demolished the Babri mosque. He has repeated it again when all opposition parties across the country are trying to unite against the ‘Kamandal’ forces,” the Lalu’s son said.

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