A day ago, Karthik Kumar, who was removed from the post of Law Minister and made sugarcane industries minister, submitted his resignation to the Chief Minister today. The Chief Minister has sent his recommendation to Governor Fagu Chauhan on his resignation. After the resignation letter was accepted, Karthik Kumar is no longer a member of the Council of Ministers. Revenue and Land Reforms Minister Alok Kumar Mehta has been given additional charge of Sugarcane Industries Department.
Earlier on Tuesday, the department of Law Minister Karthik Kumar of the Mahagathbandhan government of Bihar was changed. The inclusion of Karthik Kumar in the cabinet despite his alleged involvement in a kidnapping case was heavily criticized by the opposition. According to a notification issued by Bihar Chief Secretary Amir Subhani, on the advice of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the advice of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on August 30, by an order of Governor’s Secretariat, Karthik Kumar was replaced by the Law Department with the Sugarcane Industries Department and Shamim Ahmed the Law Department in place of the Sugarcane Industries Department. The work was assigned till further orders.
Karthik Kumar was sworn in as a minister from his party’s quota in the newly formed Grand Alliance government led by Nitish Kumar on 16 August. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had demanded the removal of Karthik from the post of minister, questioning his inclusion in the cabinet despite being named in a 2014 kidnapping case.
Reacting to the change in the department of Karthik Kumar, BJP’s state unit president Sanjay Jaiswal had said, “Today the department of Kartikeya Singh was changed. This is Nitish’s new zero tolerance policy that we are there to implicate, we are also to save. It is we who will trap Lalu Tejashwi, Anant Singh, Anand Mohan and when they come under our shelter, we will save them.” In the role of ‘Order Palk’.
Congress state spokesperson Asit Nath Tiwari hit back at the BJP and said, “Why is there a problem with the cabinet reshuffle in Bihar. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi changed the portfolios of Union ministers like Piyush Goyal and Smriti Irani, no one had any problem.” A warrant was issued against him for not appearing and he took oath on the same day he was to appear in a court.
On August 17, when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was asked about the allegations leveled against Karthik, he had said that he had no knowledge in this matter. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav had said on August 18, “After the warrant, the court has provided interim protection against arrest. He has not yet been convicted by the court. We will follow the directions of the court.
When asked about allegations of pending arrest warrant against Karthik, RJD chief Lalu Prasad had said, “It is all wrong”. Was that retaining the law minister would spoil the image of the government. At present, seven parties in the Grand Alliance are JDU, RJD, Congress, CPI(ML), CPI, CPI(M) and Hindustani Awam Morcha.
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