Will JD(U) implement food ordinance in Bihar, asks BJP

Amid reports of a growing proximity between its old ally JD(U) and Congress, BJP on Tuesday asked Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar if his party will support the Food Security Ordinance when it is launched by the UPA government on Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

Continuing with its jibes against Kumar on the issue of his increasing closeness to Congress, a party he had been criticising for 17 years when the JD(U) was a part of NDA, BJP said the Bihar chief minister should come clear on whether he is allying with Congress.

Kumar has already welcomed the move to bring the food security legislation while BJP is opposed to some provisions of the ordinance.

‘We will not oppose the Food Security Bill when it comes up for discussion and passage in Parliament but we want the loopholes in the bill to be removed,’ BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said. He maintained that a democratic country functions on the basis of people’s mandate (as reflected in the opinion of Parliament) and not through ordinances. Congress has lost this mandate, he added. Hussain said the ordinance route for food security is wrong.

‘Only the Congress ruled states and Bihar are supporting the Food Security Ordinance. Will the JD(U) government implement it in Bihar if it is inaugurated on the birth anniversary of Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi (August 20)?’ he asked.
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