Anecdotal evidence is offered to suggest that corruption in government offices has actually gone up since the babus imposed a ‘Sushasan Surcharge’ on the ground that the risk of vigilance raids, imprisonment and loss of their jobs were now greater. In the last five hours, vigilance sleuths appear to have gone on leave. But ironically the Vigilance Department inspectors seem to have proceeded on mass leave in the state during the last five years.
Prohibition earned him considerable goodwill, especially among women, but it is also a fact that a flourishing black market in liquor replaced the legitimate trade, making the state exchequer suffer losses while not making much of a dent into liquor consumption and brewing of illicit liquor.
Nitish Kumar in 2020, people agree, cuts a sorry and a lonely figure. Most people believe BJP is determined to wrest the CM’s chair from him. If this is achieved by Chirag Paswan doing enough damage to weaken the CM and reduce substantially the tally of the JD(U), it would be fine. If not, BJP would not mind a hung House and an opportunity to poach MLAs from other parties and if necessary, by engineering a split in the JD(U) itself.
Chirag Paswan has put up some very formidable candidates -Rameshwar Chaurasia, Rajindra Singh, Usha Vidyarthi and Shobha Devi, to name only a few, and thereby has made things really difficult for Nitish and his friend-turned-foeturned friend again, Jitan Ram Manjhi. In any case, Manjhi is known for his easy political virtue and nomadic instincts and does not quite qualify as a dependable ally