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Updated on: Sunday, January 09, 2022, 10:58 PM IST

Bihar Cabinet’s decision to observe CM Nitish Kumar's father Ramlakhan Singh’s birth anniversary as state event contested

Bihar Cabinet’s decision to observe CM Nitish Kumar's father Ramlakhan Singh’s birth anniversary as state event contested |

Bihar Cabinet’s decision to observe CM Nitish Kumar's father Ramlakhan Singh’s birth anniversary as state event contested |

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Patna: Bihar cabinet’s decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of Ramlakhan Singh -- father of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar -- on January 17 as a State function has been challenged by the opposition and a former IPS officer.

Ramlakhan Singh was a well-known Ayurveda practitioner at Bakhtiarpur, 40 km from here. Singh died in 1978.

The Bihar cabinet, at its meeting presided by the Chief Minister, on January 5 approved a memo sent by the cabinet secretariat department and decided to hold state government programme (‘rajkiya samaroh’), at Bakhtiarpur, in honour of the "great freedom fighter, Ramlakhan Singh Baidya," where a statue of Chief Minister's father is installed.

``Every year, on January 17, the state function will be organised in honour of Singh,’’ the government decided.

Amitabh Kumar Das, a former IPS officer of 1994 batch, has challenged the decision of Bihar cabinet and questioned the credentials of CM's father as a freedom fighter.

Das has sent a letter to IG of prisons seeking details of Ramlakhan Singh as ‘prisoner’ during freedom movement -- when he was arrested, the duration of his detention, name of the jail and offences for which he was detained.

The former IPS officer also submitted a petition to the Governor, seeking his intervention and requested that the bona fides of the late father of the chief minister as freedom fighter be ascertained.

On Sunday, Das presented a research document – ‘August Kranti’ -- written by Professor Baldev Narain and released the names of freedom fighters of Bihar. According to him, in the 400-pags book, there was no mention of Ramlakhan Singh as freedom fighter.

The Opposition RJD, too, has objected to the cabinet decision to honour the CM’s father every year as a freedom fighter and observe the birth anniversary as a State government event.

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Published on: Sunday, January 09, 2022, 10:57 PM IST
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