2012 yearender: Lalu, Paswan make unsuccessful bid to rock Nitish Kumar boat
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The year 2012 saw RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav trying to rock the boat of Nitish Kumar riding on the anger of the people against a series of incidents like Madhubani unrest, a stampede on Chhath and hooch tragedies but the government managed to ward it off.
Coming out of the shock of a severe drubbing in the 2010 Assembly polls, Prasad, who stayed put in Delhi after the debacle, made frequent trips here to enthuse his party to sharpen attacks on the JD(U)-BJP government.
The state witnessed arson and torching of police stations in Madhubani over administration's refusal to hand over a beheaded body to the kin of a school boy suspected to be killed over a love affair.
Opposition RJD, LJP and Left parties called a state bandh on October 15 over the incident but it turned out to be an anti-climax when Prashant Jha was found in Delhi with his girl friend Priti Chaudhary the same evening.
The Opposition again tried to corner the government over the stampede during Chhath puja that claimed 18 lives in Patna and death of about 50 people after consuming spurious liquor in Muzaffarpur, Ara and Gaya but without success as Nitish won accolades for the development work in the state.
Bihar's development progress was acknowledged even by the Planning Commission which reported that the state recorded 21.9 per cent growth rate during 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12), topmost among big states. Kumar took over reins of the state in November 2005 ending the 15-year rule of RJD.
The pace of development continued in 2012 with significant works in all the sectors.
Presenting an annual report on completion of two years in power in its second stint on November 24, Nitish claimed his government was building 35 km of roads every day, the state was receiving more foreign tourists than picturesque Goa and there was marked improvement in health, education, agriculture and other core sectors.