Bihar minister threatens to resign citing bureaucratic high- handedness

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(Eds: With corrections in para 5) Patna, Jul 1 (PTI) Bihar Social Welfare Minister Madan Sahani on Thursday threatened to resign in protest against high-handedness of bureaucrats in his department.

Sahani, who belongs to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U), alleged that he was distraught over officers concerned putting on hold transfers and postings he had approved in his capacity as a cabinet member.

'If the officers have the temerity to do so, what is the point of my remaining in my chair? I do not want to remain a minister just to enjoy some facilities,' Sahani told reporters at his residence.

Asked if he had shared his grievances with the chief minister, Sahani replied, 'Why should I do so? He would think I am taking recourse to blackmail.' He is known to be a trusted aide of Kumar, and was inducted into the cabinet in February this year, a few months after he wrested the Bahadurpur assembly seat from the RJD in the elections in 2020.

Quizzed about when he plans to hand over his resignation letter to his boss Kuma, Sahani said, 'It (the letter) is being prepared.' Officials in the social welfare department were not available for comments. PTI NAC SNS RBT RBT

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