Patna: Bihar’s deputy chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi has created a storm in the political circles by his sensational revelation that the national party chief Amit Shah had once paid “bribe” to the officials to get his works done in the state government office.
This came to light when Modi’s predecessor and Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav tweeted a video of the public speech delivered by Modi. The deputy chief minister in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had apparently made this speech on November 16 in Patna but none could take notice of this video. This video went viral in the social media after Yadav tweeted it on Friday.
In the 58-second video, the deputy CM is heard telling the audience how he had once inquired from Shah, now federal home minister, about his first visit to Bihar and how he was stunned to know the reason behind his visit to Bihar some 25 years back.
“I had once asked Mr Shah as to when he had paid his first visit to Bihar. Then he told me how he was in the business of supplying pipes and he had come to Patna regarding getting his pending dues cleared,” Modi is heard saying in his speech.
According to Modi, Shah had then supplied pipes to the Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) in Bihar but his dues were not getting cleared. “When I pressed further if his dues got cleared, he replied in the affirmative. When I asked to explain how, he replied he had taken recourse to the general work culture prevalent during the Congress regime and he got his entire dues cleared,” Modi revealed.
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Yadav has hit out at the BJP leader for encouraging “bribe culture” for getting his works done. “It is known to everyone that accepting or giving bribes both are unlawful acts yet the deputy chief minister has gone on highlighting it as special feature of his national party president,” Yadav said.
He wondered how the deputy CM himself goes saying publicly that Shah once used to get his works done by “paying bribes” to officials.
Yadav’s tweet has invited bitter comments from leaders and Twitteratis with several of them questioning the “style of functioning of BJP leaders”.
“Modi is a wonderful politician who exposed his own party chief in public by talking about his bribe story. Amit Shah must clear his position since both taking and giving bribe are an unlawful acts,” Bihar Congress spokesperson Prem Chandra Mishra said today.
A twitterati identified as Shariqul Bari commented, “Hope Amit Shah in his next meeting with Sushil Modi will be revealing about rate of horse trading.”