CBI raids at Lalu Prasad Yadav’s premises: Time for Nitish Kumar to speak up, says BJP leader Giriraj Singh

"Now, Nitish Kumar has to decide if he wants to stay with Lalu Prasad, who is already a convict in corruption case," BJP leader Giriraj Singh said.

New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2017 1:50 pm
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BJP leader Giriraj Singh on Friday urged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to speak up against the on-going investigation of corruption charges against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. Speaking to reporters, Singh said that the chief minister can longer remain a “mute spectator”. “Law is taking its course. Now Nitish Kumar ji cannot remain a mute spectator. He will have to speak out and state his stand clearly,” Singh said.

Singh’s remarks comes after CBI conducted raids at 12 locations in Delhi, Patna, Ranchi and Gurgaon in connection with a case of alleged irregularities in tenders allotted to a private company Sujata Hotels for development, maintenance and operation of BNR hotels at Ranchi and Puri. “Now, Nitish Kumar has to decide if he wants to stay with Lalu Prasad, who is already a convict in corruption case,” Singh further added.

BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi also iterated Singh’s statements and asked for sacking of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav. “Nitish Kumar should break his silence and sack Tejashwi Yadav as deputy CM,” he said.

The CBI registered a case against Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, his son Tejashwi Yadav on corruption charges during his tenure as Railways minister in 2006. The agency conducted raids at Rabri Devi’s current residence, 10, Circular Road in Patna. A team also carried out raids in New Friends Colony, New Delhi and at Chankya BNR Hotel in Puri. Former Managing Director, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) P K Goel, Sujata, wife of Yadav’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, two directors of a private company, have also been booked by CBI in connection with the case, among others.

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Several RJD leaders reacted strongly against the raids and gathered outside Lalu Prasad’s residence to express solidarity. Describing the day as “the darkest day in Indian democracy”, RJD leader Manoj Jha said that the party leaders will fight against the raids.”Today is the darkest day in Indian democracy. We will not be cowed down by this. We will fight legally and politically,” Jha said.

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called for a senior officers meeting in Rajgir on Friday. It still remains to be seen whether the meeting is being called to discuss the CBI raids at Lalu Prasad’s residence.

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jul 9, 2017 at 8:23 pm
    This development and other developments across the country near about August-September with epicenter in Delhi covering financial or trading scams in which some politicians are alleged to be key players are corresponding to this Vedic astrology writer's predictions in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February- March and August-September" issued widely to Indian news media last year in October -November 2016. While saying that financial or trading scams during the said period with Delhi as epicenter could be in big news , it was also said : " Some political leaders may be unwell or may break- away or probably face some consequence of wrong-doing allegedly done in past".
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      Rabi Mishra
      Jul 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm
      A weakened Lalu is a better option for Nitish, the opportunist than a stronh BJP as an ally. So he will do nothing against Lalu but help the BJP only to the extent it weakens Lalu with raids.He is trying to kill two birds in one stone. But inthe process he may get killed too -- the fate of all opportunists in the end. Falling between two stools. Lalu is a visible evil. Nitish an invisible one. Fortunately Modi knows it too well.
      1. S
        Jul 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm
        Lallu is already a convicted person and spent his jail term in a corruption case. Now, a bunch of other corruption charges and land-grabbing cases. Sooner these people are sent to jails, so much better for Bihar and India!
        1. G
          Jul 7, 2017 at 12:53 pm
          Their more BJP leaders are corrupt. Modi is taking revenge after Bihar lose. They are many shame less BJP supporters like you what to send home to jail.
        2. W
          Jul 7, 2017 at 11:08 am
          Poor "secular media-persons". Their Joker-in-Chief, the chief spokesperson of the "secular front" who regaled them with jokes, KadhiBadi and Tilkatri is now shrivelled with fear like a dried-up prune. I guess for them, Lalu is still a demi-god, who despite helping himself to offerings from the public exchequer in cash and kind, remains a man of exalted status, because he never betrayed the "gori mem".
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            Mangal Singh
            Jul 7, 2017 at 10:51 am
            Lalu was shown in the TV today. He is sitting like a LORD, after swindling crores and crores of people's money. Lalu, Karunanithi, Sonia all belong to same category, every grain of food they are eatring is from the sweat money of the poor Indians. They will all go to for sure.
            1. Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
              Jul 7, 2017 at 11:15 am
              Take my word dear. In this country nothing will happen to politicians, film actors etc. Only drama. All are political cousins.
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