Press Release: The National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) on Saturday strongly condemned Nitish Kumar’s act of resigning on moral grounds and becoming chief minister again in less than 24 hrs with BJP’s support.
Calling it as the climax of ideological corruption and politics of opportunism NAPM said that this act in itself goes against the peoples mandate and is unfortunately a big setback to politics of secularism.
At the centre of this entire episode lies the most immoral efforts of BJP to assume power by making entry through backdoor. NAPM believes that Nitish Kumar has betrayed the people’s mandate of 2015 assembly elections, that was against the ‘communal and divisive politics’ of BJP and in favour of Mahagathbandhan.
Nitish Kumar’s claim of zero tolerance for corruption and acting on voice of conscience sounds hollow as he went for pre-poll alliance with Laloo Yadav, a convicted politician, and presently allied with BJP whom his party accused of massive land scam prior to implementing ‘demonetization’. His complete surrender to Modi led BJP was very evident from his support to ‘demonetization’ and the recent President election where he supported BJP’s candidate. The results are there for all. His conscience was silent when over 2000 people were being butchered in Gujarat in the name of religion in 2002 as he clung to power, and has again chosen silence as he joins hands with BJP government that is responsible for killing people in the name of ‘Gauraksha’, also carrying out mindless violence against women and other marginalised sections of the society in the name of provocative dressing, eating and socializing.
Although Nitish has ‘proved his numbers’ through BJP’s backdoor support – his return to chief ministership and bringing BJP into the state’s ruling alliance is a murder of the popular and democratic mandate of the 2015 elections and the people of Bihar shall give him and the BJP a befitting reply in due course of time.
The signatories of the statement are Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), P.Chennaiah, Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union-APVVU and National Centre For Labour and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh) Ramakrishnam Raju, United Forum for RTI and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh) Meera Sanghamitra, NAPM Telangana-Andhra Pradesh, Prafulla Samantara, Lok Shakti Abhiyan, and NAPM, Odisha, Lingraj Azad, Samajwadi Jan Parishad, Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, and NAPM, Odisha, Binayak Sen and Kavita Srivastava, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party and NAPM, Uttar Pradesh, Maj Gen S.G.Vombatkere (Retd), Mysuru, NAPM, Karnataka, Gabriele Dietrich, Penn Urimay Iyakkam, Madurai and NAPM (Tamilnadu), Geetha Ramakrishnan, Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, (Tamilnadu) Arul Doss, NAPM (Tamilnadu) , Arundhati Dhuru, Manesh Gupta, NAPM, Uttar Pradesh, Richa Singh, Sangatin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, NAPM Uttar Pradesh, Vilayodi Venugopal, CR Neelakandan and Prof. Kusumam NAPM, Kerala, Guruwant Singh, NAPM Punjab, Vimal Bhai, Matu Jansangathan, NAPM, Uttarakhand Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand Sister Celia, Domestic Workers Union, and NAPM, Karnataka, Anand Mazgaonkar and Krishnakant, Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat, Kamayani Swami and Ashish Ranjan, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, and NAPM Bihar, Mahendra Yadav, Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar Shahid Kamal and Sister Dorothy, NAPM Bihar, Dayamani Barla, Aadivasi-Moolnivasi Astivtva Raksha Samiti, NAPM Jharkhand, Dr Sunilam and Adv. Aradhna Bhargava, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, and NAPM, Madhya Pradesh, Bhupender Singh Rawat, Jan Sangharsh Vahini, NAPM, Delhi, Rajendra Ravi, Nanhu Prasad, Madhuresh Kumar, Amit Kumar, Himshi Singh, Uma, Aaquib Jawed Mazumder, NAPM, Delhi, Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, NAPM Haryana, J S Walia, NAPM Haryana Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan, Samar Bagchi and Amitava Mitra, NAPM West Bengal, Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, and Prasad Bagwe, NAPM Maharashtra, Gautam Bandopadhyay, NAPM, Chhattisgarh Anjali Bharadwaj, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM Kaladas Dahariya, RELAA, Chhatisgarh, Bilal Khan, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Mumbai.