PATNA: Dismissing BJP’s charge of return of ‘Jungle Raj’ in Bihar over killing of engineers for extortion in the state, disgruntled party leader Shatrughan Sinha said performance of a government could not be judged in a short period of time.
When asked about BJP and its allies’ ‘jungle raj’ barb on the ruling coalition, the lawmaker representing Patna Sahib today said it was “no way to judge performance of a government in such a short period of time.”
“Even the honeymoon period of the new government in Bihar is not yet over,” Mr Sinha said about the Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress alliance government in the state which is less than two months old.
“What is happening in Delhi or for that matter Maharashtra (where BJP-Shiv Sena coalition government is in power),” asked Mr Sinha, who had kept himself off from recent Bihar elections campaign to protest “conspiracy” of a few state leaders against him.
“Negative politics never work. I do not appreciate practice of negative politics,” Mr Sinha said.
Earlier, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and others citing Darbhanga murder of two engineers and a few other cases of crime in Vaishali and elsewhere had raised the slogan of “jungle raj-2”.
Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party President and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan had also sharpened attack on law and order situation in Bihar.
The Hindustani Awam Morcha chief Jitan Ram Manjhi has even threatened to launch an agitation against the alleged spiralling crime graph.
The actor-turned BJP leader, whose comment on many occasions left the party embarrassed during the recent Bihar poll, regretted that “a serious introspection of the defeat has not yet been made.”
“Without diagnosis of the problem, how can we move ahead with strength,” said Mr Sinha, second term Lok Sabha member who earlier served as cabinet minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.