NDA complete failure: Lalu Prasad

New Delhi, Jan 1 | Updated: Jan 2 2006, 05:30am hrs
Making it evident that he would not even grant chief minister Nitish Kumar any buffer period before marking his performance, RJD president Lalu Yadav on Sunday lashed out against the NDA government in Bihar for the alleged failure to check the sliding law and order situation in the state.

Mr Yadavs caustic comments came in the wake of the gruesome killing of a woman and her five children on Saturday night who were burnt alive by some persons in Rampur-Shyamchand village in Vaishali district. The family, belonging to extreme backward caste, were killed for apparently refusing to withdraw a complaint of theft. The village falls in Raghopur, the assembly constituency of Lalu Yadavs wife and Opposition leader Rabri Devi.

With its promise of making Bihar crime-free in three months falling flat, the Nitish Kumar government is trying to cover its failure by overdose of promises. The NDA government has proved a complete failure on the law and order front, Mr Prasad said.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar, who appears to be deprived of a honeymoon period given that Mr Yadav seemed bent on hauling him over the coals from the very beginning, has ordered a high level administrative probe into the incident after visiting the village.

The RJD chief also dismissed the incident was an outcome of caste rivalry, as was put out by JD(U) state leaders. The incident has nothing to do with caste rivalry. It reflects a complete failure of law and order under the present government, he said, adding murderers do not have any caste. Mr Yadav, however, had maintained on the day that Mr Nitish Kumar took over, that he would give him some time to settle down in his job as chief minister.