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RJD, Congress plan to corner JDU-BJP regime in assembly over AES deaths

For the JDU-BJP alliance, defending the government will be a difficult task.

, ET Bureau|
Jun 24, 2019, 08.09 AM IST
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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (File Pic)
NEW DELHI: The upcoming session of both Houses of the Bihar legislature beginning June 28 is likely to be stormy, as the opposition will seek answers from the Nitish Kumar government over the death of more than a hundred children due to the acute encephalitis syndrome.

The RJD and Congress, which were demoralised after their poor show in the Lok Sabha polls, will question the government over the lack of basic infrastructure in the state’s hospitals, particularly Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur. SKMCH has witnessed the highest number of deaths due to AES this year.

For the JDU-BJP alliance, defending the government will be a difficult task. “Perhaps, the state government is aware of its challenges which it will face in the House. So, it is planning to start the process of appointing doctors soon,” a source in the state government said.

RJD leader Jagadanand Singh said his party would make its best efforts to corner the state as well as the central governments. “During campaign, the BJP- JDU used to highlight the requirement of a ‘double-engine’ government . Where is now this double engine government,” he asked. Congress will target the government over various issues including the deaths, a party leader said.

The session may be an opportunity for the BJP-JDU alliance to put up a united face inside the house. “Following JDU’s decision to turn down the offer to join the Union Cabinet, it will be an opportunity for both allies to show their cordial relation in the state assembly,” a JDU source said.
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