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Bihar education minister Mewalal Choudhary resigns

JD(U) had suspended Mewalal Choudhary in 2017 following alleged irregularities in his appointments as the V-C of Bihar Agriculture University

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Politics India Bihar education minister Mewalal Choudhary resigns

JD(U) MLA and newly appointed education minister of Bihar Mewalal Choudhary resigned today — a mere three days after taking the oath of office — amid corruption charges in appointments as the vice-chancellor of Bihar Agricultural University.

Choudhary was among the 14 ministers whom Governor Phagu Chauhan had sworn in on November 16 as part of the Nitish Kumar’s cabinet.

Speaking of the corruption allegations against him, Mewalal said, “An accusation is proven only when a charge sheet is filed or a court gives an order. None of the two is there to prove the allegations.”

The RJD had yesterday lashed out at Nitish Kumar for appointing Mewalal Choudhary as the education minister despite him facing corruption charges and demanded he be sacked. “श्री मेवालाल जी के केस में तेजस्वी को सार्वजनिक रूप से सफाई देनी चाहिए कि नहीं? अगर आप चाहे तो श्री मेवालाल के संबंध में आपके सामने मैं सबूत सहित सफाई ही नहीं बल्कि गाँधी जी के सात सिद्धांतों के साथ विस्तृत विमर्श भी कर सकता हूँ (Has Chief Minister Nitish Kumar awarded Mewalal Choudhary for corruption and given him the freedom to loot?)” Tejashwi Yadav had asked in a tweet.

The JD(U) had suspended Mewalal Choudhary in 2017 following an allegation of irregularities in his appointments as the V-C of Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour in Bhagalpur district, in an FIR.

On receiving the news of the education minister’s resignation, Yadav tweeted about him again. Targeting Chief Minister Kumar, the RJD leader wrote, “जनादेश के माध्यम से बिहार ने हमें एक आदेश दिया है कि आपकी भ्रष्ट नीति, नीयत और नियम के खिलाफ आपको आगाह करते रहें। महज एक इस्तीफे से बात नहीं बनेगी। अभी तो 19 लाख नौकरी,संविदा और समान काम-समान वेतन जैसे अनेकों जन सरोकार के मुद्दों पर मिलेंगे। Through a mandate, Bihar has asked me to point out your corrupt policies, intention and rules. A mere resignation will not do. I will challenge you on issues of 19 lakh jobs, contracts and ‘one work one salary’.”

In the following tweet, Yadav wrote: “मैंने कहा था ना आप थक चुके है इसलिए आपकी सोचने-समझने की शक्ति क्षीण हो चुकी है। जानबूझकर भ्रष्टाचारी को मंत्री बनाया थू-थू के बावजूद पदभार ग्रहण कराया घंटे बाद इस्तीफ़े का नाटक रचाया। असली गुनाहगार आप है। आपने मंत्री क्यों बनाया??आपका दोहरापन और नौटंकी अब चलने नहीं दी जाएगी? Didn’t I tell you you were tired and, hence, you have lost the faculty to think and understand? You made a corrupt man a minister on purpose despite all-round condemnation and, about an hour later, you enacted a drama of his resignation. You are the real culprit. Your double standards and histrionics will not work anymore.”

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