Tejashwi Yadav
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav at a press conference in Ranchi | PTI File photo
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Patna: RJD leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav has slammed the Nitish Kumar government for its “miserable failure” in managing the Covid-19 pandemic and the migrant workers crisis.

In an interview to ThePrint Friday, Yadav said, “The government has basic responsibilities — providing treatment, allotting quarantine centres and bringing the migrant workers back home. However, not even one of these have been managed properly.”

He alleged that the workers have returned after months of struggle, but are now being exposed to Covid-19 risks.

“There are no social distancing norms at transit centres. The condition of the quarantine centres is worsening day by day as the government is not able to manage the influx. Migrant workers aren’t provided with basic facilities like food and clean water,” he said, adding that nothing has been done to develop Bihar’s health infrastructure since Nitish Kumar came to power.

In 2015, Kumar had formed the government in alliance with RJD and Congress, and with Yadav as his deputy. However, the alliance broke within months and the CM went back to his old ally BJP to retain the chief ministerial chair.

In his comments, Yadav also criticised the government’s alleged lax approach in Covid-19 testing.

“The Bihar government’s testing approach is extremely casual. Even a state like Haryana is doing far better than Bihar. It is now clear that the Bihar government has no willingness to save its people. It is treating the migrant workers as second-class citizens,” he added.

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“Nitish Kumar was careless during the chamki fever (encephalitis) outbreak and is now repeating the same carelessness over and over again,” he said.

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‘No transparency’

During the interview, Tejashwi Yadav also criticised the Nitish Kumar government for transferring IAS officer Sanjay Kumar, who was handling the Covid-19 crisis in the state, from the office of the principal health secretary to the tourism department earlier this week.

He said the move says a lot about the government’s lack of transparency and mismanagement.

“The captain of the ship was replaced in the middle of a war — the Covid war — at a time when Bihar is witnessing a tremendous surge in Covid cases. Isn’t it obvious that there is a hidden agenda behind his transfer?” he said.

“If Sanjay was wrong in dealing with the crisis, then why let him manage the crisis for two months? Doesn’t it say a lot about the loopholes in the Nitish government?” asked the RJD leader.

The leader of opposition further alleged that the officer was transferred because he didn’t kneel in front of the government’s “lobby of bureaucrats” and “dictatorship”.

On Wednesday, Yadav had alleged that Sanjay Kumar was made to pay the price for suspending the microbiology department chief in Patna’s Nalanda Medical College and Hospital.

He told ThePrint that Sanjay’s decision didn’t go down well with Nitish Kumar as the HOD comes from the same village as the Bihar CM and is also a close relative. “One of the other reasons is that Sanjay was extremely transparent,” Yadav added.

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4 Comments Share Your Views


  1. While there have been lapses and things could be better, one cannot question the intent of Nitish Kumar. He has been at it, diligently monitoring the situation, diving directions and making arrangements. On the other hand, this corrupt person who owns 30+ properties at the age of 30 should first answer where was he for 2 months. He is worse than his father, he only does negative politics, lives a life of debauchery and gives no care to what people of the state have to go through

  2. The social distancing norms should have been followed from within the family in a way that the second child is not born before the first one understands the 6 feet distance. So naturally in stead of 6 or 8 in the family the result would have been down to 2 or 3 at worst.
    The interviewer appears to have learnt a lot about how the government should have performed i.e. ” The government has basic responsibilities — providing treatment, allotting quarantine centers and bringing the migrant workers back home. However, not even one of these have been managed properly.”
    But one point missed was to ask the magicians to convert money to food now that the chara was converted to money.

  3. We must understand this huge population cannot be taken care with the meagre resources of this country. Atleast now we must open our eyes to strict population control measures. A COUNTRY where only 3 percent population pay income tax cannot afford to pay for welfare. A political heir whose political strategy is to ignore real measures is indeed shedding crocodile tears.


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