No upper caste leader can become Bihar CM: Lalu

At the same time added that he stood for the welfare of all communities and had even proposed 10 per cent job quota for the poor upper caste people if the RJD-LJP combine returns to power in the coming Assembly polls. Prasad, who was addressing a function at the RJD office here, said he would put Bihar on the map of developed states in the next five years if voted to power and urged the electorate to ignore Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's alleged attempts to create fear in the public mind about the state of affairs during 15 years of the RJD rule in the state.

"Kumar was harping on the RJD's 15 year-rule as part of a 'sinister campaign' against RJD," he said and claimed that canards about him and his party would not help the chief minister retain his power. Prasad also flayed the NDA government for "institutionalising corruption" in Bihar by allegedly allowing bureaucrats to loot public funds under MNREGA and investing the money in real estate projects in the state.

"The RJD-LJP combine if voted to power would investigate each case of corruption and punish the guilty officials and public servants," he said. He also demanded a CBI probe into the submission of fake detailed contingency (DC) bills by the state government against appropriation of Rs 11,412 crore withdrawn from the treasury since 2002 for development and welfare activities.

The state government officials have been coerced to submit fake DC bills to justify the appropriation of funds, he further alleged.

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