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Former Deputy CM slams rampant corruption in Bihar, war of words break out

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Ahead of assembly election ne

Ahead of assembly election next year, politics breaks out on series of bridge collapse incidents in Bihar. Former Bihar deputy CM and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav says, "Since the day Nitish Kumar became the CM, if we leave aside only 18 months, then the entire time the Rural Works Department has been with the JD(U). This ministry and Bihar are constantly witnessing corruption... Incidents of crime are constantly happening in Bihar. This is an amazing game of double engine, one engine is engaged in corruption and one engine is engaged in crime. Those people who have increased unemployment, poverty, inflation, those people in whose tenure the bridge collapsed, we will not let them return to power."

But Union Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi disagrees and said, "It is monsoon time. There has been an abnormal amount of rain, which is the reason behind the collapse of bridges. But, the CM of the state is very sensitive towards the investigation... He did a meeting yesterday and has given strict instructions that strict action should be taken against any kind of negligence..."

Union Minister Chirag Paswan, a staunch ally of PM Modi says, "This is a very serious issue and I can assure that the state government is also taking it seriously. The compromise in the quality of construction for corruption will not be tolerated..."