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Dec 26, 2012, 02.13 PM | Source: PTI



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The Chief Minister met with some strong protests from The Chief Minister met with some strong protests from contractual teachers during his Adhikar yatra who demanded pay parity with regular teachers. In June, upper caste militia Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Mukhiya was shot dead by armed assailants in Bhojpur district triggering law and order problem with his supporters indulging in large scale violence and arson in Ara on the fateful day. A large crowd of mourners converged in the state capital next day for the cremation and laid siege of the streets and set on fire police posts, vehicles and beat up the people as the policemen looked helpless. Stampede at the bank of river Ganga on November 19 on the occasion of Chhath in which 18 devotees lost their lives was another unfortunate incident. Hooch tragedy in the end of the year in Muzaffarpur, Ara and Gaya in which more than 50 people lost their lives drew flak for the Nitish government. Worried over illegal liquor trade flourishing in the state, the Chief Minister said he was in favour of prohibition but said it was not possible. RJD and other Opposition parties also tried to corner the government over alleged irregularities of about Rs 6000 crore in execution of MNREGA scheme in the Assembly. PCI Chairman Markandey Katju questioned Nitish's claim of development which was, however, brushed aside by the latter. The government hosted a 'Global Bihar Summit' in Patna which was attended by top corporate honchos who lauded the state government's efforts on the law and order front and policy initiatives to woo the private investments. Tourism emerged as a sunrise sector in the state. Though the state witnessed some adverse law and order events due to incident of murder, kidnapping and dacoity, it made national headlines with confiscation of former DGP Narayan Mishra's house at Rupunkura on orders of a court. Among other events, the Patna High Court quashed appointment of six VCs and Pro-VCs made by Governor Devanand Konwar for not consulting the state government. The state witnessed elections of Patna University students union after a gap of over two decades. Earlier this year, the NDA government was locked in a tug of war with the Centre over setting up a central university at Gaya instead at Motihari as demanded by it. The issue was settled only after the Centre decided to set up a central university at Gaya as well in Motihari. 2012 also saw revival of sagging political career of former chief minister Rabri Devi, who was elected to legislative council on lone seat going in the RJD's kitty. The CM and his deputy Modi were also unanimously elected for another six-year term in the Council. PTI KDK SNS ZMN SG
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