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  India   All India  06 Jul 2017  Lalu is Robert Vadra of Bihar, says Sushil Modi

Lalu is Robert Vadra of Bihar, says Sushil Modi

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Published : Jul 6, 2017, 1:53 am IST
Updated : Jul 6, 2017, 1:53 am IST

The BJP also claimed that the proposed “BJP hatao, desh bachap” rally by the RJD as “Benami sampati bachao” rally.

BJP leader Sushil Modi. (Photo: PTI)
 BJP leader Sushil Modi. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: As trouble brews within the Grand Alliance in Bihar, the BJP yet again targeted the RJD on Wednesday by calling its supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav the “Robert Vadra of Bihar”. RJD celebrated its foundation day on Wednesday. Describing Mr Yadav as the “biggest landlord of Bihar”, senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Modi questioned chief minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar on why the state government has failed to act against the illegal properties amassed by Mr Yadav and his family. Mr Modi also claimed that two senior RJD leaders had met two Union ministers to request them to save the political career of Mr Prasad’s sons.

Speculation has been rife within Bihar’s political circles that the JD(U) could snap its ties with the RJD over growing negative publicity and alleged illegal properties in Mr Yadav’s and his family members’ names. Rumours have been circulating in the state secretariat that Mr Kumar is “uncomfortable” with the RJD as an ally and therefore, no appointments at state commissions and boards have been done so far, nor has any major bureaucratic reshuffle or transfers taken place since the JD(U)-led alliance came to power. However, speculation is also rife that the RJD will never initiate to break ties as it is “enjoying power”. Though a section within the BJP wants the JD(U) to be back in the NDA fold, the party leadership also admits that “it is difficult to read Nitish Kumar’s mind”.

The BJP feels that while Mr Kumar has given no explanation as yet on the allegations against Mr Yadav and his family members, the former could not have gone to “such an extent” to support the BJP led NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind if it was not to “irritate” the RJD and the Congress, constituents of the Opposition bloc, which has fielded former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar against Mr Kovind.

The BJP also claimed that the proposed “BJP hatao, desh bachap” rally by the RJD as “Benami sampati bachao” rally. The BJP has also decided to approach the Election Commission to seek action against Mr Yadav’s sons — state minister Tej Pratap Yadav and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav for giving improper details of their properties owned by them.

“I have been disclosing his family’s property details for the last 90 days. They have acquired more than 125 properties in the last 12 years without any real business or industry. Lalu Prasad is Bihar’s Robert Vadra,” Mr Modi said. Mr Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has been accused of acquiring properties in violation of rules and selling some of them at high prices soon after acquisition using his influence.

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