Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Monday took charge as deputy chief minister of Bihar. Soon after taking charge as deputy CM, Modi said ruling NDA government will work with giving priority to development and eradication of corruption. “Development is our main priority. We’ll also continue our fight against corruption. No one will be spared,” Sushil Modi said, promising speedy development of the state. “We will work towards development with the same pace with which it was progressing in 7.5 years of NDA rule,” Modi said. Modi also spoke about the alleged soil scam, in which his predecessor, Tej Pratap Yadav is named. “There hasn’t been a meeting on the issue yet, but we’ll hold an inquiry. The ‘Soil Scam’ will definitely be investigated,” Modi said. Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah, in a separate media address in Lucknow, said his party didn’t break the grand alliance in Bihar. “Nitish Kumar himself resigned and joined an alliance with us. We didn’t break any alliance in Bihar,” Shah said. Earlier in the day, senior Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav expressed his displeasure over his party’s decision of alliance with BJP. Yadav said that people of Bihar didn’t vote for an alliance between his party and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Yadav said that people had voted for the grand alliance (JDU-RJD-Congress).
“I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar, its unfortunate.The mandate by the people was not for this,” Sharad Yadav told reporters. Apart from Sharad Yadav, two other JDU members, Ali Anwar Ansari and MP Veerendra Kumar, have also already expressed their displeasure over Kumar’s decision to quit grand alliance. Yadav was replaced as JDU president earlier last year. As per Indian Express sources, Yadav is totally against the decision to align with the BJP. Kumar had resigned as chief minister on July 26, and taken oath with the BJP as ally the following morning. He won a trust vote in the Bihar assembly on July 29.