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NCP seeks Modi's resignation for comments in MLA murder case

Condemns his remarks against the main accused in the case


“Deputy CM gave character certificate to the MLA despite accusations of abuse against him”

“The BJP MLA then influenced the investigations against him in the case”


Patna: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday demanded Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi's resignation for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Rupam Pathak, who publicly stabbed BJP MLA Raj Kishore Keshri to death, and for trying to influence probe in the case.

Pathak had earlier accused the MLA for abusing her over a long period of time.

“Modi should resign from the post of Deputy Chief Minister for making derogatory comments against Pathak and seeking to influence the investigation in the matter by giving a character certificate to Keshri,” NCP national general secretary Tariq Anwar told reporters here.

The Deputy Chief Minister had been casting personal insinuation against Pathak ever since the incident took place on Janaury 4 and sought to malign her character, he alleged.

The NCP leader, however, expressed satisfaction that the State Government had recommended a CBI probe into the sensational murder case and hoped that the truth will come out.

Anwar blamed the Bihar police for its alleged failure to impartially investigate the woman's complaint in the past and said that the BJP MLA's murder might not have taken place if her grievances had been sorted out earlier.

The NCP leader, who was here to review his party's performance in the Bihar Assembly polls held late last year, said that Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad's projection as the Chief Minister candidate by the RJD-LJP combine was the main reason for the ruling NDA's landslide victory.

The fear of Lalu worked psychologically among the voters who closed ranks in the last minute and voted for the NDA to scuttle the remotest chance for the RJD supremo's comeback, Mr. Anwar said. The NCP leader said he is satisfied with the performance of his party as its vote percentage increased to 2.58 per cent as against about one per cent votes in October 2005 Assembly polls.

Anwar warned the NDA Government, headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, against going overboard on its massive victory and said that it should not forget that the Opposition, put together, had polled 61 per cent votes in the same Assembly polls.

The NCP leader also poke a hole in the claims of good governance by the NDA, saying that 41 per cent of its MLAs faced serious criminal cases like murder, abduction and ransom. - PTI

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