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The alleged land scam in Bihar involving allotment of prime industrial plots to relatives of ruling NDA politicians and top officials set off fierce political blame games on Wednesday with the Opposition parties MLAs demanding chief minister Nitish Kumar’s resignation and a probe into the land allotments by the CBI.
While the Cabinet ministers and NDA politicians under a cloud for the alleged irregularities denied any wrongdoing, Mr Kumar’s order for a probe by the chief secretary instead of his making an elaborate statement on the allegations in the Assembly was dubbed by the Opposition parties — the RJD, LJP, Congress and the Left parties — as a ploy to eventually bury the scam. The Opposition RJD’s leaders took to Patna’s streets to burn Mr Kumar’s effigies and said they would intensify agitations unless a CBI probe was swiftly ordered.
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