RJD chief Lalu Prasad has claimed that LJP’s newly elected MP from Vaishali, Rama Singh, concealed vital information about criminal cases against him in his election affidavit and that he is an “absconder” in a serious crime in Chhattisgarh.
“Rama Singh should be arrested. We will complain to the election commission about this,” Lalu told reporters as party vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh released documents to support his claim. Rama Singh had defeated Raghuvansh by 99,000 votes in the Lok Sabha election. The RJD also claimed Rama Singh’s election could be annulled on the basis of the “revelation”.
While Rama Singh could not be reached for comments, the LJP issued a statement dismissing the RJD’s claims.
Raghuvansh also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking action against Rama Singh. The letter mentions that Modi had “promised” swift action against MPs against whom criminal cases were pending.
According to the RJD, Rama Singh was an accused in the abduction case of a petrol pump owner in Chhattisgarh in 2001, and an open non-bailable arrest warrant has been pending against him since 2003.
“Rama Singh has been absconding for 11 years since he was made an accused in the abduction case… He had hidden the fact in his election affidavit…,” Raghuvansh said.
LJP general secretary A K Bajpayee, who is also the legal cell in-charge of the party, said nothing has been concealed in the affidavit. “The case which RJD leaders have pointed out is sub judice and this has been mentioned in the affidavit. We have not concealed any information. There is no legal defect on part of our leader,” he said.