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After Sudhakar Singh resigns, Paras asks Nitish to reconsider Mahagathbandhan alliance

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After Sudhakar Singh resigned as agricultural minister due to alleged unfairness to the state’s farmers, Union Minister Pashupati Paras has advised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to reconsider his choice to remain with the Mahagathbandhan.

Sudhakar Singh became the second Bihar minister to quit in less than a month on Sunday. Previously, Kartikeya Singh resigned as a minister due to an alleged abduction case.

“In my opinion, it was not a good day when Nitish Kumar was sworn in with Mahagathbandhan. Within 48 hours of swearing in, the law minister who was supposed to be the custodian of law was himself in the grip of law. He had to resign ultimately,” Paras told ANI Sunday.

“There is an unfortunate situation in Bihar. Nitish Kumar should reconsider his alliance with the Mahagathbandhan,” he said.

Paras, the Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, called the Mahagathbandhan a “mismatched” alliance.

“This is a mismatched alliance between RJD and JD(U). It is said that the chief minister will be changed after two months. When this happens, it would become very difficult to control the officers and criminals. Bihar is in a deplorable condition,” he said.

Asking the Bihar CM to strengthen the law-and-order situation, he said that crime has increased in the state after the Mahagathbandhan came to power.

“There is no law and order in Bihar. Robbery and murder incidents are taking place. Nitish Kumar should improve the situation in the state and work in this direction,” he said.

According to authorities in the Bihar Chief Minister’s Office, the agricultural portfolio was passed to Tourism Minister Kumar Sarvjeet following Sudhakar Singh. At the same time, Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav would have additional responsibility for the tourism ministry.

Sudhakar Singh’s father, Bihar Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Jagdanand Singh, stated that Sudhakar Singh quit due to “injustice” to the state’s farmers.

Earlier, in a dig at the Mahagathbandhan after Sudhakar Singh’s departure, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that the grand alliance’s “second wicket” had fallen within months. He said that Sudhakar Singh publicly referred to Nitish Kumar’s agriculture strategy as a failure.

Kartikeya Singh, who was moved from the Ministry of Law, has an outstanding arrest warrant against him in a kidnapping case for which he was granted interim protection till September 1 by a Danapur court.

Stirring a controversy last month, Sudhakar Singh told a gathering in his constituency that his department was infested with “thieves” and he felt like the “chief of theft”.

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