In a dramatic turn of events, barely one and a half hours after taking over as the Education Minister, Mewalal Chaudhary resigned from the Nitish Kumar Kumar cabinet over allegations of corruption levelled on him by a belligerent Opposition.
Pleading innocence, Mewalal – who was sworn in as a minister merely 72 hours back – said, “An accusation is proven only when a charge sheet is filed or a court gives an order and none of the two is there to prove the allegations against me.”
The matter snowballed into a major controversy after Tejashwi Yadav-led RJD shared an old video of Chaudhary singing the National Anthem incorrectly. “Bihar Education Minister Mewalal Chaudhary, accused of several corruption cases, does not even know the National Anthem. Do you have any shame left, Nitish Kumar Ji? Where have you sunk your conscience?” RJD attacked JD(U) on Twitter.
The video of Mewalal has since gone viral and he is being trolled online. Mewalal while hoisting the flag, forgot the words of the National Anthem. He was surrounded by children and a few adults as he saluted the national flag.
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भ्रष्टाचार के अनेक मामलों के आरोपी बिहार के शिक्षा मंत्री मेवालाल चौधरी को राष्ट्रगान भी नहीं आता।
नीतीश कुमार जी शर्म बची है क्या? अंतरात्मा कहाँ डुबा दी? pic.twitter.com/vHYZ8oRUVZ
— Rashtriya Janata Dal (@RJDforIndia) November 18, 2020
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav upped the ante against the tainted leader and reminded Bihar CM Nitish Kumar of Mewalal’s involvement in several cases.
“Corrupt JD(U) MLA Mewalal has been given a ministerial position by Nitish Kumar. This is the double standard of Nitish Kumar, the patron of 60 scams. This man can fall to the lowest level for a chair. He is facing serious and heinous charges under the Indian Penal Code including criminal conspiracy (120B), cheating and dishonesty (420), (409), (468), (471),” Tejashwi said.
मुख्यमंत्री नीतीश कुमार द्वारा हत्या और भ्रष्टाचार के अनेक मामलों में IPC की 409, 420, 467, 468, 471 और 120B धारा के तहत आरोपी मेवालाल चौधरी को शिक्षा मंत्री बनाने से बिहारवासियों को क्या शिक्षा मिलती है? pic.twitter.com/j9QuIScjWu
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) November 19, 2020
Mewalal Chaudhary was also suspended from the JD(U) in 2017 after a case was registered against him over alleged irregularities in appointments during his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of the Bihar Agriculture University in Bhagalpur district.