Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra passed away in a hospital in Delhi on Monday. After his demise announcement of Bihar Government that his cremation would be done with full state honours and a three-day state mourning will be held has raised many eyebrows in the state.
Dr. Mishra was Chief Minister of the State in 1975, 1980 and in 1989-90. He was the State’s last Congress Chief Minister. After his tenure, Congress never returned to power in Bihar.
After leaving Congress, he joined the Nationalist Congress Party and later joined Janata Dal (United). On 30 September 2013 a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Ranchi convicted him, along with 44 others, in the Fodder Scam. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment and a fine of 200,000 rupees. On 20 July 2018, the Jharkhand High Court granted regular bail to Mishra on medical ground, who was on provisional bail in three cases of the multi-crore fodder scam.
A JD (U) leader on condition on anonymity told this reporter that it is Nitish’s strategy to woo Brahmin votes by declaring state mourning at the cost of his claim of Sushasan Babu. “This act of Nitish Kumar has tarnished his image of a man who believes in corruption free governance,” he said.
When this question was asked to a senior RJD Leader Shivanand Tiwari, he said that this is contrary to Nitish Kumar’s claim of having no tolerance with corruption. “How can the CM who broke away with the RJD on corruption ground declare a state mourning for a convict?” he asked.
However, another RJD Leader and MLA from Maner Bhbai Virendra approved the decision. “The state mourning can be done as Mishra was three times Chief Minister of the state in spite that he was convict,” he said. “What if Lalu Prasad Yadav dies tomorrow? The state would not organise mourning and cremation with state honours,” he asked.
Retired IPS Amitabh Kumar Das fumed at the state decision of mourning on death of Dr Mishra. “The way Nitish Kumar has glorified corruption by declaring a three-day mourning I am afraid the central government will also mourn the death of former Rajya Sabha Member and absconder Vijay Malya tomorrow,” he said.
A legal luminary on condition of not publishing his name said that protocols of any minister get seized the moment he is convicted by a court of law. “How can a minister enjoy rights of his ministership when he is a declared criminal by the court,” he said.
Twittertti also fumed at the the decision of the Bihar Government.
— संजय शर्मा (@sharma__sanjay) August 19, 2019
The man who did nothing except pushing Bihar to shambles. Anyways RIP #JagannathMishra
— Vaidya (@vaidyasb) August 19, 2019
Man who planted and under whose supervision fodder scam grew #JagannathMishra
— Khelawan Kumar . (@KhelawanKumar1) August 19, 2019
3-day mourning for Ex-CM #JagannathMishra? Are you out of your mind @NitishKumar? Mishra is also a CONVICT in #FodderScam along with @laluprasadrjd. In fact, Misra started that scam and Lalu expanded it beyond imaginations. Why state-honours for these convicts? Local politics?😎 pic.twitter.com/REQ41KfN2u
— #Intolerant भारतीय (Sanjeev Goyal) (@goyalsanjeev) August 19, 2019
Dr. Mishra will be cremated with full State honours at his ancestral village Balua Bazar in Supaul district on Wednesday.