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Bihar Politics: Agriculture Minister Sudhakar Singh resigns from Nitish cabinet

Bihar: On Sunday, Bihar Agriculture Minister Sudhakar Singh has tendered his resignation from the Nitish cabinet. He has submitted his resignation to Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Bihar: On Sunday, Bihar Agriculture Minister Sudhakar Singh has tendered his resignation from the Nitish cabinet. He has submitted his resignation to Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav. Rashtriya Janata Dal state president Jagdanand Singh has confirmed the resignation of Sudhakar Singh. Jagdanand Singh is also the father of Sudhakar Singh.

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The RJD MLA had also recently flagged the issue of corruption in his department and on Saturday, he said he would not allow the “continuation of BJP agenda” in his department with the formation of the Grand Alliance government in the state. In fact, it has not even been 2 months for the new government of Nitish Kumar and this second minister sitting in the government has resigned. Earlier, Bihar’s Law Minister Kartikeya Singh had resigned. It is being told that after a recent meeting of the Agriculture Department, the distance between CM Nitish Kumar and Sudhakar Singh had increased. At the same time, there were reports of Sudhakar’s quarrel with CM Nitish Kumar in a cabinet meeting.

Jagdanand Singh said, “My son wanted to fight for the rights of farmers, but he was facing a lot of issues doing that, so he called it quits.”

Jagdanand Singh also said, “Someone needs to stand up for the farmers and the injustice being done to them. The agriculture minister took this up. Killing Mandi law ( Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Act) has destroyed the farmers of state.”

Singh said the statistics of the government itself indicate utter failure of the agriculture road maps in achieving their objectives on any count. “These are not my statistics. The figures of the agriculture department point to the failure of the roadmaps and there is no point the continuing with them without taking required corrective measures. At least, as agriculture minister, I cannot give an extension to this road map. The government may make some other department the nodal department if it wants to extend the third agriculture road map beyond 2022,” he said.

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The first agriculture road map was launched in 2008 with a small budget, while former President Pranab Mukhejee had launched the second agriculture roadmap in 2012 for the state with the aim of ushering in a ‘Rainbow Revolution’ in the state. In 2017, former president Ram Nath Kovind launched the third, which the NDA government in Bihar had decided to extend beyond 2022. Then, the agriculture ministry was with the BJP. The last two roadmaps for agriculture together had a budget of nearly ₹3 lakh crore.

Pointing out that he will not rest till the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act and ‘mandi’ system are restored, Singh had said the decision of scrapping them in 2006 was “anti-farmer” in nature. The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar had repealed the APMC Act and ‘mandi’ (wholesale markets for agricultural produce) in 2006 during NDA rule in the state.

“Being the state agriculture minister, I will not allow continuation of BJP agenda in the agriculture department after the formation of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government in the state,” news agency quoted Singh as saying. “Scrapping the APMC Act and mandi in 2006 was a decision that was anti-farmer in nature. The ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government in the state should work to fulfilling the promises made by our alliance partners to the electorate,” he added.

A first-time MLA from Ramgarh in Kaimur district, Singh recently stirred up a controversy when he said that all his department officials are “thieves and thereby being head of the department he is head of the thieves”.During his interactions with the Union ministers Singh said he would also apprise them about the new fertiliser policy of Bihar that is being drafted, he added.

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