Lalu Prasad’s residence raided: JDU’s silence rings louder than Opposition’s cries of vendetta

The third key partner in the alliance, the Congress, however, had all guns blazing, accusing the BJP-led Central government of using investigating agencies to “seek revenge against political opponents”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 8, 2017 3:15 am
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Even as a clutch of Opposition parties emerged in support of RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Friday, his Bihar Grand Alliance partner Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) refrained from lending support to the former Union Railways minister on the day the CBI booked him, along with wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav, in a corruption case and raided the family’s properties in different locations.

The third key partner in the alliance, the Congress, however, had all guns blazing, accusing the BJP-led Central government of using investigating agencies to “seek revenge against political opponents”.

Asked about the CBI case against the trio over alleged corruption during Lalu’s tenure as Railways Minister in the UPA-I government, the only response from JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi was, “No comments.”

In Patna, another senior JD(U) leader said, “We have to be cautious, as any sentence can be misinterpreted or over-interpreted. Just as we were waiting for normalcy in the Grand Alliance, the CBI raids took place. We have never been as embarrassed on making our stand clear as we are today…we cannot even use the standard ‘law taking its own course’ line.”

Besides the Congress, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) and former PM H D Deve Gowda’s JDS came out in support of Lalu.

Congress’s communication department head Randeep Surjewala said: “When agencies such as CBI or ED become captive puppets of the BJP government, acting as dirty tricks department to seek revenge against political opponents, it doesn’t bode well for democracy. The matter, as per CBI, dates back to the year 2004, while the FIR was lodged in 2017. Why this inordinate delay and particular silence maintained by the BJP for the last three years?”

Asking a series of questions of the Narendra Modi government, Surjewala said, “The question any reasonable person would validly ask is, what action has the Railways taken so far (on alleged corruption during Lalu’s tenure as the minister)? The answer is: none. Has the lease been cancelled? Has the property been taken in possession by the Railways? Has the Railways filed a criminal complaint to the CBI? What was the anomaly in tender process, or how was it wrong? Why has the Railways not cancelled everything for 14 years?”

TMC leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien said, “This is just another chapter in the endless list of political vendetta that the BJP writes every day.”

Calling it a case of “misuse of the CBI”, JDS general secretary Danish Ali told The Indian Express, “This is being done because of the manner Lalu is at the forefront of Opposition unity and is trying to bring the SP and BSP on the same platform in Uttar Pradesh. Right now, Lalu and Mamata are the most vocal (Opposition leaders) against the BJP and the RSS, so both are being targeted.”

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    Narasimha Prakash
    Jul 8, 2017 at 6:15 am
    Now Swach Bharath Abhiyan is into cleaning the political system and cleaning up the scamsters. Good going. A long awaited actions. Its a shame that we tolerated all these scamsters and their political sermons in the name of secularism, dalits etc., The dalits have remained as poor dalits while the wealth of the families of our netas have grown tens and thousands of times in a short periods of 5 to 10 years. Mera Bharath Mahan.
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    mklburg
    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:25 am
    BELIEVE LALLU WAS WAS POOR TEACHER with ABOUT RS. 500 MONTH SALRY HAVING NO PROPERTY OF HIS OWN OR HOUSE BEFORE CROOKING HIS WAY IN POLITICS LALLU INSTEAD OF CRYING VENDETTA, IF HE REALLY IS INNOCENT , SHOULD GIVE PEOPLE A ABSOLUTE DETAILED ACCOUNT OF EVERY MINUTE OF HIS AND HIS TWO SONS WITH CORRUPT FAKE DEGREES ( SHOULD UNDERGO TESTS OF THEIR EDUCATION KNOWLEDGE ) ALL ILLITERATE 5 OR 6 DAUGHTERS, RABADI THE WIFE EACH OF THEM HOW THEY EACH, BECAME 10s of THOUSANDS OF CRORES WORTH INDIVIDUALS, BELIEVE LALLU WAS WAS POOR TEACHER WITH ABOUT RS. 500 MONTH RY HAVING NO PROPERTY OF HIS OWN OR HOUSE BEFORE CROOKING HIS WAY IN POLITICS by doing so he will be so popular , now that every one knows all the tricks of becoming billionaires so people will force him to be PM perhaps sacking Modiji, probably people will want Lallu , all his sons daghters Rabadi to be PM! for Lallu hapiness forever.
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