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Fodder scam- Don’t compare yourself with Ambedkar, you are in jail for graft: Paswan slams Lalu

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan today slammed Lalu Prasad for comparing himself with Nelson Mandela and B R Ambedkar, saying they made sacrifices in national interest while the RJD chief was in jail for corruption.The Lok Janshakti Party chief said Prasad had insulted stalwarts like Ambedkar by comparing himself with them and asked if the fodder scam was a scam of the poor or the powerful people. Defending his ally BJP, which has been accused by Prasad of conspiring to put him behind bars, Paswan said the allegations amounted to an insult of the judiciary as he has been convicted by a court not the saffron party. “Lalu ji you should not blame the BJP for everything to hide your sin. You should also not compare yourself with Martin Luther King, Mandela or Baba Saheb Ambedkar. They made sacrifices in the national interest. You are in jail for corruption, which is against national interest,” Paswan said on Twitter.The LJP chief, who was an ally of Prasad earlier, said the RJD chief and his supporters may make a lot of noise but his crimes cannot be brushed under the carpet. A CBI court had yesterday convicted Prasad in a corruption case involving the fodder scam. He blamed the BJP for the development, accusing it of a conspiracy to put him behind bars. Soon after the verdict, a post on Lalu Prasad’s Twitter handle had read, “Powerful people and powerful classes always managed to divide society into ruling and the ruled classes.Also readCongress backs Lalu Prasad Yadav, says alliance still strongAnd whenever anyone from the lower hierarchy challenged this unjust order, they would be deliberately punished.” Another tweet had said, “Had people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and casteist minds. No one should expect any different treatment.”

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Congress backs Lalu Prasad Yadav, says alliance still strong

The Congress party on Saturday came out in support of convicted Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and dismissed any impact of the decision on its alliance with RJD. Congress leader Manish Tewari termed the Central Bureau of Investigation as “pet performing parrot” of the current government and said that Yadav and his lawyers are able enough to cope with the fight ahead.”This issue is not new, this began in 1993-94 and since then we had an alliance with the RJD. They were a part of UPA, we have also been together in the grand alliance… criminal matters and political alliances are two separates issues,” Tewari said during the party’s press briefing.The former union minister also questioned the double standards of the CBI and asked why was it not investigating the Srijan scam, that allegedly involves Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. “I want to ask the BJP why Srijan scam is not being investigated? The central charge was same in this case. Why there are different strokes for different folks,” Tewari said.Meanwhile, senior RJD leaders came out strongly against the BJP and its misuse of investigating agencies. The party’s spokesperson Manoj Jha slammed the agencies and said that legally admissible evidence was not considered and it was set aside. He said that the two most powerful people in the country are trying to intimidate them.”Politically I know this regime, they have this typical Standard Operating Procedure: Try to make a deal with your opposition, if you fail, then scare them,” Jha said.Senior RJD leaders Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said that the party will continue to fight the legal battle in the higher courts. Siddiqui asked why Lalu Prasad Yadav was being singled out even as Chief Ministers preceding him were also involved in this issue.”The case was on excess withdrawal from Deogarh treasury. Laluji has been charged with connivance as he was the finance minister then – the charge is not direct. The withdrawal had been taking place since 1977. There were several chief ministers who were in charge of the finance department when Laluji was not the finance minister or the chief minister so why is he being singled out?” said Siddiqui.Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said that the party had no alternative but to move to high court and continue the fight legally as well as politically. The CBI court will pronounce the punishment to Yadav on January 3 and he was taken to Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.—With agency inputs.

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Case has reached logical conclusion, says IPS officer who probed fodder scam

With the conviction of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others in a fodder scam case, 21 years after it had surfaced, an IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, who had probed the case, said the matter has reached a logical conclusion.Varun Sindhu Kul Kaumudi, who was on deputation to his home state Bihar at that time, had closely supervised the case as CBI SP of Animal Husbandry Scam Unit, Patna and had also filed the charge sheet in the case.Recalling the more than two decades-old case, Kaumudi said, “A truckload copies of documents was submitted to the special CBI court in Patna for providing to the accused within the time-frame fixed by the Supreme Court.” Kaumudi, a 1986-batch IPS officer, handled the the fodder scam probe before he was transferred back to Andhra Pradesh in 1998.Also readFrom Tejashwi Yadav to Ravi Shankar Prasad: Who said what after Lalu Yadav’s conviction in fodder scam”I was asked to arrest Lalu Prasad in another related case, but he surrendered in the court,” Kaumudi told PTI.Also readEven Mandela, Ambedkar are villains for some: Defiant Lalu Yadav after fodder scam convictionHe expressed happiness that the case has reached its logical conclusion after these many years.Kaumudi, currently an Additional Director General of Police in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi, also headed the investigation into another sensational case the Satyam Computers fraud as Inspector General, Crime Investigation Department of united Andhra Pradesh in 2009.Also readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerA special CBI court today convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case, while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3.

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From Tejashwi Yadav to Ravi Shankar Prasad: Who said what after Lalu Yadav’s conviction in fodder scam

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Saturday convicted in second fodder scam case by a special CBI court in Ranchi. The former Bihar Chief Minister was among 16 accused who were convicted by Special CBI court judge Shivpal Singh.The court, however, acquitted six people including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.Here is how politicians reacted to Lalu’s conviction:Also readRJD cries foul over fodder scam verdict; alleges ‘conspiracy’ against Lalu PrasadLalu Prasad YadavTruth can be made to appear as a lie, as ambiguous or a half lie by concerted onslaught of bias driven propaganda. But blurred layer of bias and hatred will still be removed, come what may! In end Truth will win.Also readEven Mandela, Ambedkar are villains for some: Defiant Lalu Yadav after fodder scam convictionHad people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and caste-ist minds. No one should expect any different treatment.Tejashwi Yadav, RJDAlso readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerWill challenge judgement in HC. We have already appealed against conviction in Chaibasa treasury case in HC. Bail procedure would take place only after HC’s opening. Nitish Kumar, BJP kept trying to malign Lalu Ji.Manoj Jha, RJDI believe in the judiciary, but in this case, the CBI was arranging prosecution. Legally admissible evidence provided by us were set aside.Kind of evidences we have, we’ll get redressal at a higher court. Politically I know this regime, they have this typical Standard Operating Procedure-Try to make a deal with your opposition, if you fail…scare them. Want to tell them-Your end has begun.Manish Tewari,CongressLalu Yadav has been fighting this legal battle since 1996. It started when BJP leaders filed PIL against him in Patna HC. He & his lawyers are capable of fighting this case. I want to ask BJP why Srijan scam is not being investigated?Neeraj Kumar, JD(U)The verdict of Ranchi CBI court in fodder scam will prove to be a milestone against Lalu ji, who has become synonym with corruption.JP Nadda,Union MinisterLalu Prasad Yadav is even now politicizing the issue instead of accepting the verdict, just to deviate he is leveling allegations of conspiracy on BJP.The alliance between Congress and Lalu Yadav’s party is an alliance of corruption,connivance and cheating the people of India, it is clear from the verdict of the court.Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union MinisterLesson of today’s conviction of Lalu Prasad is that law will catch up with you if you commit corruption.For me, it is a matter of some personal assurance that I had the privilege to argue the PIL in Patna High Court in the early 90s leading to the institution of CBI inquiry which was strongly opposed by the then state govt headed by Lalu Yadav.

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Fodder scam verdict: Convicted Lalu Yadav says BJP playing ‘dirty game’ against opponents

Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was Saturday convicted in a fodder scam case along with 14 others, remained defiant and said the “truth will win” in the end. While 15 people including Lalu were convicted by CBI judge Shivpal Singh, six including another former CM Jagannath Mishra were acquitted. The judge pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said. Also readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerLalu Prasad, the chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict. He was later taken to Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi. Soon after his conviction, Lalu, in a series of tweets, attacked the “feudal forces” and accused the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) of playing a “dirty game” to ruin public perception of opponents. “Truth can be made to appear as a lie, as ambiguous or a half lie by concerted onslaught of bias driven propaganda. But blurred layer of bias and hatred will still be removed, come what may! In end Truth will win,” Lalu said in a tweet. In another tweet in Hindi, Lalu said, “The sly BJP plays a dirty game of ruining public perception of opponents to hide its jumlebaazi and to get votes.””A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. ….But still prevails…In the end though,” the former Union Minister said. “Powerful people and powerful classes always managed to divide society into ruling and the ruled classes. And whenever anyone from the lower hierarchy challenged this unjust order, they would be deliberately punished,” he added. “Had people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and caste-ist minds. No one should expect any different treatment,” he further said. BJP reacted sharply to Lalu’s attack and said the RJD chief was “leveling allegations of conspiracy” on the saffron party instead of accepting the verdict. “Lalu Prasad Yadav is even now politicizing the issue instead of accepting the verdict, just to deviate he is leveling allegations of conspiracy on BJP,” Union Minister JP Nadda said. Watch: Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted in fodder scamLalu has already been convicted in another fodder scam- Chaibasa treasury case – in which he is out on bail. His conviction cost him his Lok Sabha seat as he was disqualified from contesting elections.The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of about Rs 900 crore from the Bihar exchequer and has rocked the state and national politics for years.(With inputs from agencies)

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Will skin PM Modi, says Tej Pratap over Lalu Prasad Yadav’s security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The reduction in security cover of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav has not gone down well with his son Tej Pratap Yadav, a former Bihar cabinet minister, who has threatened to “flay” Prime Minister Narendra Modi if anything happened to his father.”It is a conspiracy to murder my father. I will give them a ‘muh-tod jawab’. Narendra Modi ji ka khaal udhedva denge (will get Narendra Modi’s skin flayed,” Tej Pratap said outside Bihar legislative assembly on Monday, when asked about to comment on the scaling down of Z+ security cover to Lalu.Tej Pratap said, “The security that has been reduced… everyone knows that we have a lot of programmes scheduled and Lalu ji also attends many of them. If anything happens to my father, then who will take its responsibility?”The BJP has come down heavily on Tej Pratap’s comment threatening to drag him to the court over it.”Tej Pratap needs to consult psychiatrists and learn restraint from some good advisors,” said Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey, while his cabinet colleague Suresh Sharma too termed Tej Pratap mentally unstable.Lalu’s younger son and leader of the Opposition in Bihar assembly, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said Modi will be responsibile if any untoward incident happened to his father.Less than a week ago, their mother and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi too had made a similar remark, saying there were many in Bihar who were ready to slit the PM’s throat, while Tej himself had targeted Sushil Kumar Modi, the deputy CM of Bihar, a few days ago saying he would assault him in his house (ghar mein ghus ke marenge) and disrupt his son’s wedding next month.Meanwhile, Lalu said he was not scared by such tactics and that the people of Bihar and even their children were there to protect him. “They have been slapping false cases against me and my family members to intimidate me.They are afraid of me and have reduced security to restrict my movement and for harm to come my way,” he said. Lalu added that he had spoken to Tej Pratap over his comments and asked him not to repeat it.

Tej Pratap’s Skinning Modi Comment: BJP MP files complaint, Lalu regrets remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Lalu Prasad appeared to apologise for his son Tej Pratap Yavav’s comment about skinning PM Modi even as he attacked the PM for downgrading his security. Meanwhile, a BJP MP filed a case against Tej Pratap Yadav at Delhi police station. He was quoted saying by ANI: “If a son comes to know that his father is being conspired against, his security is being revoked, he will react. I don’t approve of this. I have spoken to him to not speak anything like that again.”Attacking Modi, he said: “If Narendra Modi thinks I will be scared, I won’t. All the people, even the children of Bihar will protect me.”
ALSO READ Congress doesn’t believe Army about surgical strikes, celebrates release of Haifz Saeed: PM ModiHe also tweeted saying: “Modi listen, Lalu is not a man who gets scared. Go and scare someone else, like u scared Nitish. Bihar’s 11crore people and children will protect me.”He further tweeted: “PM Modi doesn’t want me to go or come, there can be an attack on me anywhere. When I was Rail Minister and went to Gujarat, Modi was CM. At that time, my car was attacked. Just hearing that I will go to Gujarat, they cut my security detail. How is someone so scared of Lalu?”
ALSO READ After Lalu Yadav’s security downgraded, son Tej Prasad Yadav threatens PM ModiMeanwhile, BJP MP Parvesh Verma filed a complaint against Tej Pratap Yadav in Delhi’s Parliament Street Police Station. Hitting out at the comment, DC Yadav, Bihar Disaster Management minister said that Tej Pratap was ‘mentally unstable’. He said: “Only a person who is mentally unstable will make such statements, a politically sane person will never speak those things. Lalu Ji also said things in the past but never crossed lines like this.” Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Monday said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son and former state cabinet minister Tej Pratap Yadav would be taught a lesson by the public for his threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”He can use language of his choice. But those who use this kind of foul language are taught a lesson by the countrymen,” Modi told ANI.Earlier in the day, Tej Pratap alleged the Centre was conspiring to get his father killed and that, to this end, he would get Prime Minister Modi “skinned”.Tej Pratap’s remark came in the wake of the Centre’s decision to completely withdraw the NSG (National Security Guard) security cover provided to Lalu Yadav. His Z-Plus security category has also been downgraded to ‘Z’ category.‘Despite that (security downgrade), our programmes are continuing and Lalu Yadav is addressing rallies. However, this is a conspiracy to get him (Lalu) murdered, but we will give a befitting reply to them (the Centre). We will get Narendra Modi skinned (Hum Narendra Modi ki khaal udedhva denge); go and tell him,’ Tej Pratap said.Sushil Modi further said that Lalu Prasad shouldn’t be scared of anyone as people were more scared of him.‘Who is Laluji scared of’ Why does he need the security’ This was a status symbol for him. But now the entire Bihar is scared of him and his foul play,” he said.The Centre has withdrawn RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s ‘Z+’ VIP security cover of NSG commandos after a recent review of the threat to various protectees, official sources said today.The former Bihar chief minister will now be given ‘Z’ category security and be guarded by an armed commando squad of the Central Reserve Police Force, in accordance with the protocol of the scaled down cover, the sources said.Yadav will not have National Security Guard black cat commandos guarding him any more. The NSG only provides ‘Z+’ security cover.The decision was taken after the Union home ministry recently reviewed the threat levels of various VIP protectees, the sources said.The ‘Z+’ CRPF VIP security cover of former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has been withdrawn completely. He will have state police cover now.The ‘Z’ cover of Union minister Haribhai P Chaudhary has also been scaled down to ‘Y+’, entailing less manpower and other paraphernalia, they said.The minister of state for coal and mines was accorded the larger security cover of central security forces commandos when he was minister of state for home. With inputs from PTI and ANI

Tejashwi Prasad Yadav thanks Rahul Gandhi for ‘wonderful lunch’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had a lunch meeting with Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the former deputy CM of Bihar and younger son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, in Delhi on Friday, triggering speculations about changing political equations in Bihar.The meet comes a day after Tejashwi, also the leader of Opposition in Bihar legislative assembly, took on Rahul’s adversaries, dubbing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘Gappu’ in lieu of the saffron party calling Rahul ‘Pappu’.”Despite being out of power, the so-called Pappu is climbing the popularity graph, while Gappu is misusing government machinery and spending crores on IT cell, and yet his popularity is falling,” Tejashwi had said in a series of tweets on Thursday.The news of the luncheon meet was shared by Tejashwi on his official Twitter handle along with photographs on Friday afternoon. The Yadav leader thanked Rahul and said, “Thank you @OfficeOfRG for taking me out for wonderful lunch. Feel appreciated and grateful. Again thanks for taking out time out of your tight schedule.” He, however, did not elaborate on the meeting.”The two share an easy rapport. Earlier this month, Rahul ji had wished Tejashwi over the phone on his birthday,” said an RJD leader in Bihar.At a time when Rahul is busy stumping for Gujarat election, and in light of the corruption charges levelled against Tejashwi and his family members and the ongoing inquiry in the land for Railways’ hotel scam, the meeting assumes much significance.Rahul’s Congress was a part of the Grand Alliance government, which came to power in Bihar in November 2015, in which Tejashwi was the deputy CM. Even after its disintegration, both RJD and Congress have been supporting each other in Bihar.

Nitish Kumar predicts easy win for BJP in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Nitish Kumar on Monday exuded confidence over his latest ally’s fate in the Gujarat Assembly polls and said there was no threat to the BJP, which will continue with its winning streak there.”You can understand the sentiments of the people of a state from where an incumbent Prime Minister hails. I understand that BJP does not face any threat in Gujarat,” predicted Nitish, negating Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s emergence as a challenger there.Nitish was replying to mediapersons after his weekly Lok Samvad programme on Monday. He disagreed with Gujarat polls being a semi-final for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, and pitched for holding of simultaneous polls, though he conceded that it will require much debate and discussion and was not immediately enforceable.Besides extending support to his ally, Nitish targeted his opponent and arch rival Lalu Prasad Yadav saying RJD’s party polls were a trick to hog media limelight. “The RJD is not a political party but Lalu’s personal property. The election for RJD president was held last year itself. What sort of a constitution does the party have,” Nitish said.He was replying to question on Lalu filing his nomination for the post of RJD president for the 10th term and being the only candidate to do so. Nitish said the RJD will be back to pavillion in the next assembly polls. On Lalu’s younger son and leader of the Opposition in Bihar legislative assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, Nitish said he was still a kid and there was no need to reply to his comments.The Bihar CM said he had discussed the issue of cow vigilantism with PM Modi, who was in agreement that action should be taken against “gau rakshaks” as per the laws of the land. “I have ordered strict action against those who take laws in their hands,” he added.On a query related to Jammu and Kashmir, Nitish differed with National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah’s stand, saying, “My view is that Kashmir is an inseparable part of India and so is Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.”

Incidents like Una flogging common: Ram Vilas Paswan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister for consumer affairs and food and civil supplies Ram Vilas Paswan said the Dalit youth flogging incident that occured in Una town of Gujarat was common. Paswan, a Dalit leader, was speaking at a press conference held at BJP’s media center in Ahmedabad on Saturday.Paswan is in in Ahmedabad for a door-to-door campaign. During the press conference, he said, “The Dalit flogging incident would be counted as a common incident, if we look at the incidents happening in Bihar on an average day.People in Gujarat created a huge ruckus over the Una incident, but the situation in Bihar is not like this. The Gujarat government took sufficient action against culprits of Una and PM Modi gave his reaction on the issue very timely.”When the Dalit community has raised its voice against the BJP-led state govenment, Paswan’s comment could stir the hornet’s nest. The Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, under the leadership of Jignesh Mevani, started an agitation against BJP.He also said, “When Lalu Prasad Yadav was part of the government in Bihar, Dalit atrocity incidents were frequent. Since Nitish Kumar joined hands with the NDA, the situation is improving.”Later, the union minister tried to balance his statement by saying, “India is like a garden and every flower (community) has the right to blossom here.”

Lalu Prasad Yadav hints Tejashwi will be RJD’s 2020 CM candidate, backtracks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad Yadav theoretically handed over his political legacy to his younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, when he hinted that he will be naming him as the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the 2020 Bihar Assembly polls.Interacting with media, Lalu lauded Tejashwi’s leadership and said, “He is better than others in leadership skills and we will fight the 2020 Assembly election under him.” He added that Tejashwi is a popular leader and it was time to bring the youth forward.Tejashwi has already served as the deputy chief minister of Bihar under CM Nitish Kumar in the Mahagathbandhan government, before it disintegrated in July this year. Presently, the 28-year-old is the leader of the Opposition in Bihar legislative Assembly, where his party has a maximum 80 MLAs.Lalu was replying to queries on comments made by recently re-elected state RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve, who said, “The RJD will form the next government in Bihar under the leadership of Tejashwi.” Lalu added to that and said, “Tejashwi speaks better than most of us and has the ability to lead. And I am not saying that just because he is my son.”However, Lalu’s statement triggered notes of discord within the party with senior leaders like party vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and former Bihar finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui claiming that it was too early to declare who would lead the party in the next polls. “No decision has been taken yet. Purbe may have expressed his personal sentiments,” they said.Following their statement, Lalu too rephrased his statement saying, “There is a lot of time for the election. The CM face will be decided by the party when the time comes.”

Hooch tragedy triggers raids in dry Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar police have launched special drives and mounted raids to round up those involved in the illegal manufacture, sale or consumption of liquor across the dry state.The move comes after four people lost their lives and two took ill due to consumption of spurious liquor in Rohtas district last week, prompting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to direct the cops to check supply of illicit liquor. The tragedy left the government which enforced total prohibition on April 5, 2016.In capital Patna alone, nearly 300 people have been arrested since the launch of the special drive on October 29. The cops have seized several litres of “desi” and foreign-made liquor besides destroying local breweries. “Our team had to fight stone-pelters during a raid,” said ASP Rakesh Dubey.Over 50 involved in liquor trade have been arrested in raids conducted in Bhojpur, Buxar, Rohtas and Kaimur districts while at least five were taken into custody in East Champaran. Sources said hotels and restaurants are particularly being checked for liquor, while patrolling in border areas too has increased.The tragedy has singed the police department too. More than 200 policemen are facing suspension for dereliction of duty, said the sources.The hooch deaths have given the Opposition fresh ammo to attack the government, with RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav claiming that prohibition is a total failure in Bihar where liquor is now being “home-delivered”. He said on Wednesday, “Some top JD-U leaders are taking a cut from liquor mafias. What more does one need to say on that?”Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Lalu’s son and leader of opposition in assembly, said, “The CM should make public how many of his party leaders and workers have been booked under the prohibition law?” asked Tejashwi, who had earlier shared the picture of a “liquor mafia cum JD-U worker” clicking a selfie with the CM. The JD-U man was later dismissed from the party.

Railway hotel tender case:CBI summons Lalu and Tejashwi Yadav on Oct 3 and Oct 4 respectively

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, the CBI issued summons to former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son and former Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav in the Railway hotel tender case. While Lalu Prasad Yadav has been asked to appear on October 3, his son Tejashwi has been asked to appear on October 4.Earlier on September 22, the CBI had summoned Lalu on September 25 and his son Tejashvi Yadav on September 26.In July, CBI had registered a case against the then railway minister Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, his son Tejashwi Yadav, Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, Vijay Kochar and Vinay Kochar, both directors of Messer’s Sujata Hotel Private Limited, Messer’s Delight Marketing Private Limited, P.K. Goel, the then Managing Directors, IRCTC and unknown others under Section 120 B read with Section 420 of IPC and Section 13(2) read with Section 13(1)d prevention of corruption act 1988 in connection with the case.The FIR lodged by the CBI against RJD chief stated that there were irregularities in awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of BNR Hotels in Ranchi and Puri during Lalu Prasad Yadav’s term as Railway Minister of India, that is, from 2004 to 2009.The CBI alleged that the tender process was rigged, manipulated and the conditions were tweaked by the then Railway Minister to help a private hotel company.The RJD, however, brushed aside the allegation and counter-blamed that the agencies were acting as alliance partners of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Mega show of photoshop strength: Twitter mocks Lalu Prasad Yadav’s picture of anti-BJP rally in Patna

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lalu Prasad Yadav created a stir on Sunday when he shared a picture of Gandhi Maidan on Twitter. The picture was of absolutely jam-packed Gandhi Maidan, with a gratuitous message stating, “No “Face” will stand in front of Lalu’s “Base”. Come & Count as much as u can in Gandhi Maidan, Patna #DeshBachao”.However, the pic did look a little off with some of the trees from inside Gandhi Maidan going missing and crowd looking more voluminous. Twitter users were quick to point out how different the picture looked compared to pics by news agencies.
ALSO READ Did Lalu Prasad Yadav just use a photoshopped image of Gandhi Maidan in Patna? Here’s how Twitter reacted to Lalu’s pic:Lalu Prasad Yadav takes dig at Nitish KumarTaking a dig Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for forming an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said that he has never seen two parties which such differing ideologies come together.Addressing ‘Desh bachao, Bhajpa bhagao rally here at the Gandhi Maidan, Lalu said that the people of Bihar voted for him and not for Nitish Kumar.‘Have never seen two parties which such differing ideologies come together,’ he said.Coming down heavily on the friend-turned foe the Bihar Chief Minister, who left the grand alliance to join the BJP, Lalu accused the latter of using the CBI against him.‘When I was in Ranchi to appear before the court, the CBI team came to my residence and Nitish left for Rajgir. Without state governments knowledge, CBI cannot carry out raids.The CBI raided my house on Nitish Kumar’s direction. The people of Bihar know about the property owned by me,’ he added.Addressing the tiff between his son Tejashwi and Nitish Kumar, the RJD supremo said that latter is jealous of Tejashwi Yadaw and sees him as a threat.He also criticized Kumar of having no principles, and stated that all NDA leaders in Bihar are his products.Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also accused the Centre of trying to ‘scare’ Lalu Prasad by using the CBI. ‘The Centre is using agencies to terrorise people, who dare to speak against it. But I am not afraid of anyone,’ she said in the rally.Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mamata said that three years of his governance have passed, but there is not a trace of ‘acche din’.The mega rally saw participation from Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mamata, as well as rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who is staring at an expulsion from the party for defying orders.

Did Lalu Prasad Yadav just use a photoshopped image of Gandhi Maidan in Patna?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lalu Prasad Yadav created a stir on Sunday when he shared a picture of Gandhi Maidan on Twitter. The picture was of absolutely jam packed Gandhi Maidan, with a gratuitous message stating, “No “Face” will stand in front of Lalu’s “Base”. Come & Count as much as u can in Gandhi Maidan, Patna #DeshBachao”.Soon people in the reply to the tweet called out Lalu Prasad Yadav and said that Gandhi Maidan is not fully packed. They shared pictures which show Gandhi Maidan is only half fill. Later news agency ANI also tweeted picture which showed that Lalu Prasad Yadav’s picture is probably photoshopped. Now this is not the first time politicians have used photoshopped images or tried to boast about crowd sizes even if it failed to pass journalistic rigour. Sean Spicer’s claim about crowd regarding Donald Trump’s inauguration was widely panned, although credit to him, he didn’t resort to any fake pictures. Pic shared by Lalu Prasad YadavLalu’s rally pics by ANIRJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s mega rally ‘BJP bhagao, Desh bachao’ in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan saw participation from Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee, as well as rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who is staring at an expulsion from the party for defying orders.”Earlier it was rally of the RJD, but now it has become a rally of Mahagatbandhan (grand alliance) to save the country,” Yadav told reporters at Jay Prakash Narayan Airport in Patna on his arrival on Saturday. Asked about his party warning that participation in the rally would invite action against him, Yadav refused to make any comment saying “Kuch nahi bolna hain” (I have nothing to say). Meanwhile, a lot of other senior leaders from other parties also shared the dais with RJD leader Lalu Prasad. Earlier, the RJD chief said that the rally would be an important event ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls in which a united opposition would throw the BJP out of power.With inputs from agencies

JD-U reiterates Sharad Yadav will face action if he attends Lalu’s rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Janata Dal (United) on Sunday reiterated that party leader Sharad Yadav will face action if he attends Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav?s rally. JD(U) leader Ajay Alok said, ?Our general secretary (K.C. Tyagi) has clearly stated that if he (Sharad Yadav) attends Lalu?s rally, then he should be ready to face serious consequences.? JD (U) leader KC Tyagi had said that the party has not acted against Yadav for his “anti-party activities” because of his seniority and long association with the party. “If he attends RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s rally here on August 27, he will cross the Lakshman Rekha,” he said, and hinted at action against him. However, the Congress earlier in the day said politicos who are thinking of taking action against Yadav should introspect. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that Yadav stood by his beliefs and principles where Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar got buoyed by power. ?Sharad Yadav was one of the founding members of JD(U). Sharad Yadav has let go power and is standing by his beliefs and principles. Those who are attacking Sharad Yadav should introspect,? said Surjewala.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lalu Yadav-Nitish Kumar-Sharad Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashatriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday said that the real Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) with Sharad Yadav as the head will prevail over the one with Nitish Kumar. Speaking to ANI about the parallel meetings being chaired by Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar, he said that Yadav?s name is synonymous with the JD(U). He said, ?All the supporters of the JD(U) are with Sharad Yadav. He is the founder of the party and the people who were loyal to him are with him.? Lalu added that the Nitish Kumar Government is the root cause of corruption. He cited the Srijan Scandal, where an NGO allegedly siphoned off an estimated Rs. 700 crore of public funds, as an example. ?The amount involved in the Srijan Scam is increasing every day. He joined the BJP, so that the CBI raids against him don?t prove anything,? he said. Yadav also said that he would file a petition in the Supreme Court to seek a probe into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bihar flood crisis worst in 3 decades: Paswan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan today said the Bihar flood crisis was the “worst in almost three decades” as he took up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who assured him that the Centre was providing all possible help to the eastern state. Talking to reporters after meeting the prime minister, the LJP leader said Modi assured him that the Union government in coordination with the Nitish Kumar dispensation had taken effective steps to help the affected families. He said 9-10 districts of Bihar were facing a grave flood crisis. “It is something I have not seen since 1987. It is very grave and the government is working on a war footing to provide relief to people. It is natural that people will suffer due to the enormity of the flood… The prime minister said all help is being provided to Bihar,” he said. The food minister said both the central as well as the state government were doing their best to help people. He also rejected opposition RJD’s criticism of relief effort, wondering if party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was aware of the situation in advance. Paswan said Yadav had done nothing during the years of his party’s government to deal with the almost ‘annual flood crisis’ hitting the state. The Union minister added that the food supply meant for the flood-affected was abundant, but presence of high waters everywhere had made the job of dropping the material difficult. The toll in Bihar flood has risen to 56 as 69.81 lakh people have been hit by inundation in 13 districts of the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lalu questions doctors posted at health minister’s residence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today accused Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey of misusing his position by deputing doctors at his home. Prasad sought to turn tables on the BJP which had earlier raised a similar charge against him and his family when his son Tej Pratap was the health minister. He alleged four doctors had been put on duty at state Health Minister Mangal Pandey’s residence along with an ambulance and questioned the silence of the BJP leaders on the issue. “The BJP had raised hue and cry over a similar situation when some doctors and an ambulance were stationed by former Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav to cater to needs of the people thronging him for help. But why are they silent now?” Prasad told reporters. The RJD chief showed an official letter dated August 1 purportedly putting doctors in rotation at the new health minister’s residence in support of his charges. Prasad sought the resignation of the health minister for allegedly misusing the ministerial position. However, Pandey accused the RJD president of “spreading lies”. Pandey told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Waiting for PM Modi’s stern action on Bhojpur beef incident: Lalu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday cornered Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Bhojpur incident where a mob thrashed three people on suspicion of carrying beef in their truck.”The Gau Rakshak thrashed people in the name of cow protection and beef in Bhojpur. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that he would take stern action. Let’s see what stern action he would take,” Lalu said.Recently, Prime Minister Modi had sent a stern message to cow vigilantes amid the growing incident of mob lynching and said nobody has the right to take law in his/her hand in name of cow protection.”Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable”, said PM Modi. “No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country”, he added.Three men on Thursday were allegedly thrashed by locals in Bihar’s Bhojpur over suspicion of carrying beef in a truck. The police also took three people into custody and also confiscated their truck.The locals alleged that illegal slaughterhouses have been operating in the area for past few months. The locals also blocked NH 84 and staged a protest.The truck driver said that the meat was being transported to Kolkata through Muzaffarpur-Bhagalpur road.

Watch: RJ Raunac’s Sonu song about Lalu-Nitish break-up will leave you in splits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While those familiar with Nitish Kumar’s politics won’t be extremely surprised that the JD(U) leader dropped Lalu Prasad Yadav and the RJD faster than you can say ‘scam’, the break-up has given RJ Raunac some fantastic inspiration.The popular RJ has come out with a rib-tickling spoof of the Sonu song which has gone mainstream after RJ Malishka used it to hammer BMC.The song hilariously mocks Lalu Prasad Yadav for not seeing the breakup coming. While Lalu may not have seen it coming, you really can’t keep bharosa on anyone in politics. Like they say in politics, keep your friends close and enemies closer. Check out the video below:Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said he had no option but to walk out of the grand alliance as continuing in the coalition would have meant compromising with corruption.Kumar, who recently jettisoned Lalu Prasad’s RJD and went back to the NDA fold after a 4-year hiatus, forming a coalition government with BJP and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP, also praised Narendra Modi, saying “nobody has the strength to take on the prime minister.””There were corruption charges and cases were filed by the CBI (against Lalu Prasad and family). I had only told them to come out with proper answers. Instead, they made fun of me saying whether I was a CBI official or the police,” he told a press conference.”Laluji did not give any clarification on corruption charges. How could I remain silent after having talked about zero tolerance to corruption? Now I have a feeling that they did not have a proper answer,” Kumar said.Kumar also defended himself against criticism over breaking a secularist alliance. “What does secularism mean? Does secularism mean making property worth thousands of crore of rupees?” he asked.Meanwhile, the Patna High Court today dismissed two PILs challenging the formation of a new government by Nitish Kumar, saying the court’s intervention was no longer required after the floor test in the state Assembly.While one public interest litigation was filed by RJD MLAs Saroj Yadav and Chandan Verma, the other was by Jitendra Kumar, a Samajwadi Party member.Kumar had comfortably won the confidence vote 131-108 on Friday.With inputs from PTI

Nitish thanks PM Modi for ‘congratulating’ him on his resignation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nitish Kumar, who resigned as Bihar Chief Minister earlier in the day, has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘congratulating’ him after his announcement. ?Whole heartedly thank PM Modi for response through his tweet about our decision,? Nitish tweeted. The dissonance in the Bihar politics came ostensibly to the fore-front when on Wednesday evening Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his post, thereby, ending the ‘mahagathbandhan’. Nitish handed over his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and confirmed it to the media even as he emerged after meeting him. “The Governor has accepted my resignation. I did everything a chief of a party in alliance should do. I myself have given away the post. Now, you will have to wait and see what happens next,” he said. The development came hours after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav earlier in the day took a jibe at Nitish Kumar, saying he was aware of his longtime friend?s party’s – Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) – growing bonhomie with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Following this, Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to “congratulate” Nitish. “Huge congratulations to Nitish Kumar that he quit in the name of going against corruption. The 125 crore people of India support him,” he posted. While the Congress is disappointed with Nitish’s decision, the BJP has welcomed the move.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Can’t allow VVIP culture in democracy BJP on tarmac access denied to Lalu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said that the withdrawal of tarmac access for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi is a welcome sign, as it gives out a message that there is no space for VVIP culture in a democracy. Speaking to ANI here, BJP leader Gaurav Bhatia said that the step initiated by the civil aviation industry asserts that every individual in a democratic nation is important. ?It is a very welcome step by the civil aviation ministry and it also sends out a strong message that every individual is important and there is no VVIP in a democracy. This principle needs to be followed,? said Bhatia. Echoing similar sentiments, another BJP leader S. Prakash asserted that Yadav, who is a convict out on bail, deserves no special treatment. ?Lalu Prasad Yadav is a convict, he is out on bail. How can VVIP treatment and special category status be accorded to a convict? Whatever steps have been taken are correct,? said Prakash. The Central Government yesterday scrapped Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi’s direct access to Patna Airport tarmac. Their ‘privilege’ has been scrapped by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. This move has been taken as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim to end the VVIP culture rampant among politicians.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tejashwi skips govt event to avoid sharing dais with CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Peacemaking efforts between allies Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) do not seem to have produced desired results, with the deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Prasad Yadav skipping a state government event in which CM Nitish Kumar was in attendance on Saturday.The Bihar government had organised a function on the occasion of ‘World Youth Skill Day’, where CM Kumar and Yadav were slated to share the dais as the chief guest and special guest, respectively. Newspaper adverts had also confirmed the presence of both leaders.However, minutes before the CM arrived at the event, a plaque bearing Yadav’s designation, was first covered with a notepad and later removed.Thus confirming that the Yadav scion will not share the frame with the JD-U president.Kumar also distanced himself from RJD quota minister Vijay Prakash at the event when he changed his seat with JD-U’s Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lallan Singh “for a better view of the TV screen and to avoid the air conditioner”.The tussle between the grand alliance partners in Bihar commenced after Yadav’s name figured in the July 5 FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the alleged land-for-hotels corruption case. RJD President Lalu Yadav and his wife and former CM Rabri Devi have been made co-accused in the case.While the RJD rallied behind the junior Yadav, praising his work and stating that there was no need for him to resign in a clear case of “political vendetta”, the JD-U had given him a “four-day ultimatum”, which expired on Saturday, to come out clean on the charges against him by making his asset details and sources of income public.A war of words ensued between the allies as the CM’s party indirectly mounted pressure for Yadav’s resignation over the issue. However, Lalu, on Friday night, reiterated that his son was not going to step down over an FIR lodged against him, adding that there was no threat to the Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar.The RJD on Saturday threatened that all its ministers – 11 in total – will quit if Tejashwi was sacked by the CM, though it was likely that the party will not pull out of the alliance.Sources said that all parties are now waiting for the July 17 Presidential polls before making a further move, though a meeting of JD-U MLAs is scheduled at the CM’s place on Sunday while the RJD and Congress legislators will meet the same evening.

Money laundering case: ED raids Lalu Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti’s residence in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday raided Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti’s residence in Delhi.The raids are being carried out in Delhi premises of Misa Bharti, her husband and a firm linked to them in a money laundering case.The ED raid comes a day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case with the charges of criminal conspiracy against Lalu Prasad Yadav in connection with a hotel maintenance contract.Following which, the RJD boss alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah “orchestrated” the CBI raids to ‘politically finish’ him.Last month, the I-T department attached a total of 12 plots of Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and ex chief minister Rabri Devi, and sisters Ragini and Chanda Yadav.One farmhouse in Delhi and one bungalow in New Friends Colony are also attached.The market value of the total attached property is worth Rs. 175 crore, whereas the book value of the attached property is Rs. 9.32 crore.The I-T department had earlier seized Benami properties of Misa Bharti, Shailesh Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav.

Lalu Yadav tears into PM Modi, Amit Shah, says will break their arrogance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav has held Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah responsible for the raids conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurgaon and other places in connection with a case linked to a hotel maintenance contract awarded by him when he was the Railway Minister in 2006. Lalu on Friday said that he would eradicate the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for interfering in the grand alliance of his party with the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)), adding he would do everything to break the arrogance of Prime Minister Modi. ?With illogical statements, the BJP Government is trying to destroy the alliance of the RJD and the JD(U). We will eradicate the saffron party as they are trying to interfere in our alliance. Listen Modi and Amit Shah, I and the public will break your arrogance even if I have to get hanged for that,? Yadav told media here. ?I have made you (Prime Minster Modi) walk away from Bihar and you are trying to create disturbances in our alliance. I will break your arrogance,? he added. He added that there was no reason to involve Rabri Devi and Tejaswi Yadav in the investigation as his wife is “not even a public servant.” The CBI, earlier in the day, registered a corruption case against Lalu; Rabri Devi; Tejaswi Yadav; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. The CBI later questioned Lalu Prasad Yadav’s wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and his son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav. The case was registered on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in the year 2006. The investigative agency also conducted searches at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurgaon and other places. These raids have comes weeks after the Income-Tax department searched locations in New Delhi and adjoining areas in regard with corruption charges against Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar. The RJD chief, however, brushed aside the allegation and tore into the BJP, saying that it was a political conspiracy against him. Meanwhile, Bihar Additional Director General of Police S.K. Singhal said an alert has been issued across the state to prevent any possible political ramification amid the CBI raid on RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. He further said that police is also patrolling in some of the sensitive areas to prevent any untoward incidents. The alert was issued from the Bihar Police headquarters to all police posts cautioning them of possible protests and retaliation from RJD supporters across the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jitan Manjhi says Lalu bearing the fruit of his actions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Bihar Chief Minister (CM) Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday said that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav is bearing the fruit of his actions and behaviour. Manjhi told ANI, ?Lalu Prasad Yadav is bearing the fruit of his deeds. He was declared a culprit and has been out on bail.? Manjhi lauded the Central Bureau of Investigation?s (CBI) efforts to conduct the raid. ?CBI has done a good job by conducting the raid, but, anything can only be predicted once the results of the investigation come out?, he said. Manjhi targeted Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and said that he is ready to let go such serious crimes for remaining in the post of CM. ?Nitish Kumar is doing every possible thing to stay on the post of CM. If Nitish Kumar talks about zero tolerance on matters of corruption, then he should come out and speak about the issue?, he further said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No need for ‘political tinge’, let law take its course Congress on Lalu raided

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Friday downplayed the political furore around Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registering a case against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, and asserted that siphoning political points out of the episode should be avoided, while letting the law take its course. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that lawful proceedings are taking place which will reach its culmination and that any sort of political campaign against Yadav should be avoided. ?I think these don?t require any comment from a political party, these are legal proceeding. These are proceedings which will ultimately find their culmination in court judgments, the only thing which is important is that they should be no attempt to carry on any political campaign or vendetta or bias and other than that course will take care of it,? Singhvi said. The CBI earlier in the day registered a criminal conspiracy case against Yadav on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in the year 2006. The CBI has also booked Yadav?s wife rabri Devi, son Tejaswi Yadav, then MD, IRCTC P.K. Goel, a Private person, two Directors of Private Company, a Private Marketing Company and one other person in connection with a same. The CBI sleuths today conducted searches at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurgaon and other places in connection with a case linked to a hotel maintenance contract awarded by Lalu Yadav when he was the Railway Minister in 2006. The CBI is also examining irregularities in awarding tenders to private firms for operating railway hotels located close to stations. These raids have comes weeks after income-tax department searched locations in New Delhi and adjoining areas in regard with corruption charges against Yadav?s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav appears before CBI court

Thu, 29 Jun 2017-12:27pm , Ranchi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday appeared before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in connection with the fodder scam case. The fodder scam case relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 95 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury.Overall, more than Rs 900 crore in public funds was reportedly siphoned off from the Chaibasa treasury over two decades, reports claim. Lalu Yadav has also been found guilty of fraudulent withdrawals worth Rs 37.70 crore from the Chaibasa treasury.The RJD chief has already been convicted and sentenced to five years of imprisonment in one of the five fodder scam cases. The Supreme Court in May had set aside Lalu Yadav’s plea that the Jharkhand High Court had in 2015 quashed criminal conspiracy charges against him in connection with alleged fraudulent withdrawal of several lakhs from the Deogarh treasury, and his claim that he had already been convicted for the offence, and therefore could not be tried again.
ALSO READ Fodder Scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav, Jagannath Mishra appear before special CBI courtThe single bench of the apex court order headed by Justice Arun Misra set aside the verdict of the High Court.

Ousted RJD leader says Tej Pratap slapped him at Iftar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav’s elder son and Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav found himself in the middle of a fresh controversy when a party functionary accused the minister of thrashing and humiliating him at an Iftaar party on Friday.Sanoj Yadav, a member of the party’s state committee while weeping on camera, said Tej Pratap had slapped and abused him and asked the guards to throw him out of the house. “When I reached Laluji’s residence on Friday afternoon, Tej Pratap saw me and asked how did I enter. He held me by my collar and slapped me, then asked the guard to shoot me,” he said, recalling the sequence of events.The RJD functionary claimed that party President Lalu Prasad Yadav was also witnessing this commotion but did not come to his aid despite repeated pleas. “I have served the party for over two decades and they are now calling me an agent of the RSS,” Sanoj said.However, the RJD sources said Sanoj had been suspended from the party on June 22 for misbehaviour and indiscipline. Sanoj was peeved at being denied a better position in the party and had indulged in a scuffle with state president Ramchandra Purbe, sources said.A video of Sanoj arguing with Purbe at the party’s state headquarters also surfaced on Saturday, in which Sanoj was seen threatening Purbe and telling him to remain within limits.”Tej Pratap was angry with Sanoj for participating in a news debate on a TV channel as an RJD representative on Thursday evening despite being shown the doors the very same day. Later, deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad tweeted that he is not an official spokesperson of the party and asked the channel to apologise for airing his views as RJD’s,” the source said.

Prez Polls: Despite Lalu’s plea, Nitish Kumar not to support ‘Bihar ki Beti’ Meera Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JD(U) rejected its ally and RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s request to reconsider its support the NDA’s presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, saying its stand is based on merit and it will stick it.After opposition parties decided to field Meira Kumar, Prasad said he will ask Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar not to back Kovind.”Our decision to support Kovind remains unchanged. It was a decision taken on merit after due application of mind and full consultation within the party… We will stick with his choice,” JD(U) spokesperson Pavan Kumar Varma said.He said Kovind is anyway the “president-in-waiting” due to the numerical advantage the NDA has in the electoral college and his contest with Meira Kumar will be a “token” exercise.Defending Kumar against his decision to not go with other opposition parties, the former Rajya Sabha member noted that he had broken ranks with the NDA, of which he was a member then, and supported the UPA’s candidate Pranab Mukherjee in 2012.
ALSO READ Prez Poll: JD(U) shatters Opposition unity, Meira Kumar meets Sonia Gandhi RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today said he would meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a bid to make him change his mind about supporting NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.There was no threat to the coalition government in Bihar, Lalu Yadav said, referring to his party’s alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in the state.”I will meet Nitish Kumar and will continue to urge him to change his decision of supporting the NDA candidate,” he told reporters after attending the opposition meeting that picked former speaker Meira Kumar as its candidate for president.The JD(U)’s surprise decision to back Kovind had led to cracks in the opposition camp as its chief Nitish Kumar was the one who had initiated the process for a joint opposition strategy on the issue.The opposition’s move to field Kumar makes it a Dalit vs Dalit presidential poll.

DNA Evening Reads | More trouble for Lalu Yadav; Know which item falls in which GST bracket; 15 held in MP for raising pro-Pak slogans and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Fresh trouble for Lalu Prasad Yadav, family as I-T dept slaps charges under Benami Transactions ActIn fresh trouble for Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, the Income Tax (I-T) department has slapped charges against the RJD chief’s wife, daughter and son under Benami Transactions Act. The charges have been slapped against Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav. Read more here2. GST Explainer: Know which item falls in which tax bracketWith the Central Government likely to roll out the Goods and Service Tax (GST) on July 1, the Press Information Bureau released an information brochure explaining the various tax brackets under which various services would be placed. Read more here3. I have a very old relation with him: Mulayam Singh Yadav backs Ram Nath Kovind for PresidentSamajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday extended his support to NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, saying that he is a deserving candidate. Read more here4. MP: 15 arrested for raising pro-Pak slogans, bursting crackers after Pakistan’s win in ICC Champions trophyAt least 15 people were on Tuesday arrested from Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur village for raising pro-Pak slogans after Pakistan’s win in the ICC Champions trophy on June 18. Read more here5. China hints at blocking India’s move on JeM chief Masood Azhar in UN againChina on Tuesday hinted at blocking a UN ban on Pakistan-based JeM leader Masood Azhar once again, saying that disagreements continue to prevail in the UN Committee related to terrorism issues in this particular case. Read more here

Fresh trouble for Lalu Prasad Yadav, family as I-T dept slaps charges under Benami Transactions Act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a fresh trouble for Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, the Income Tax (I-T) department has slapped charges against the RJD chief’s wife, daughter and son under Benami Transactions Act.The charges have been slapped against Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.The I-T department served attachment notice under the stringent act for assets worth over Rs 9 crore against the Lalu Prasad family.On Monday, the Income Tax Department provisionally attached a few immovable properties in connection with its probe in the Rs 1,000 crore benami land deals and tax evasion case.On May 16, the IT Department had launched searches at 22 places in and around Delhi in connection with alleged benami property deals involving the RJD chief and his children.
ALSO READ Home remedy: Minister son Tej Pratap sends govt docs to treat Lalu Prasad Yadav for 9 daysBenami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.The BJP had also accused Prasad, Bharti and his two sons Tejashwi and Tej Pratap, both ministers in the Bihar government, of involvement in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and asked the central government to probe one such transaction in Delhi.

Lalu’s BPL servant gifted plot to Rabri Devi- Sushil Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday alleged that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav?s servant “gifted” two plots of land in Patna to Lalu?s wife Rabri Devi and daughter Hema Yadav while the servant is a Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holder. Modi, who has been making a series of allegations against Lalu and his family, termed Lalu?s servant as a ?surrogate?. ?The property Lalu has been gifted is like a surrogate mother keeps the child of other man in her womb. The servant kept Lallu?s property with him,? Modi told media. The BJP leader claimed that Lalu transferred benami property worth Rs. 1 crore to his wife Rabri Devi and fifth daughter Hema Yadav including land and house in Patna in 2014 via his servant Lallan Chowdhary. The BJP leader levelled these allegations with documentary proof. Reportedly, Modi has demanded Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to investigate the matter and asserted that he would write to the Income Tax (I-T) department regarding Lalu’s benami properties.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sonia greets Karuna on B day, thanks him for support to Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress president Sonia Gandhi has wished DMK chief M Karunanidhi good health and long life ahead of his 94th birthday on June 3. Hailing Karunanidhi as one of the tallest among contemporary political leaders, she said it was not an easy task to remain at the helm of a political party for 48 continous years. “It is quite possible that it is a record in politics in any democratic country,” she said in her message a copy of which was released today by DMK. Stating that she aware that the nonagenarian leader has not been keeping good health in the last few months, she said she had often enquired about his health and wished him good health and a long life. “Today, I join the hundreds of thousands of admirers and followers to greet Thiru Karunanidhi on his birthday and wish him the greatest gift of good health,” she said. Thanking him, she said he had given crucial support to Congress party in 1971, 1980, 2004 and 2009 elections. Although there were many opportunities for him to play a role at the Centre, he remained devoted to Tamil Nadu and Tamil people. Recalling Karunanidhi’s long career in politics and DMK, she said he as a Chief Minister he was an able administrator who took quick decisions. As a Leader of Opposition, he was a formidable adversary who kept the governmetn on its toes with his mastery over facts, brilliant arguments and sharp wit. Since 1969, he has been one of the two poles that defined Tamil Nadu politics, she said. She praised him for his multi-faceted personality as a journalist, novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, script writer, actor, producer of films and an acknowledged Tamil scholar. DMK is gearing up for a big ticket event on June 3 to celebrate Karunanidhi’s birthday and 60 years of his legislative career here. Top leaders including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav are among those who are expected to participate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sushil Modi accuses Lalu of violating MLA housing society by-laws

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After accusing Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav of ‘receiving’ prime properties in lieu of ministerial berths during the Congress-led UPA regime, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday made a fresh jab against the veteran leader alleging him of using political clout to get multiple plots of land allotted in his family’s name in violation of the MLA Cooperative Society’s by-laws.According to Modi, plot number 208 of the earmarked land was allotted to Lalu for Rs 37,000 in April 1992. “Later, in January 2010, the adjoining plot number 207 was transferred in his name by Badshah Azad for Rs 37,000.Also, abutting plot number 209 was transferred in Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi’s name by Abdul Bari Siddiqui for Rs 37,000 in September 2003. Rabri had earlier used her power to get Plot number 151 from late Sudha Srivastava, which she exchanged with Siddiqui,” he said, while on Tuesday.The MLA Cooperative Society deals with allotment of residential plots to MPs, MLAs and MLCs in Bihar. Around 15 acre of land was earmarked for the purpose in Kautilya Nagar in Patna, where land was leased for 30 years to the legislators.Flashing a copy of the society’s by-laws, Modi said, “No person is allowed to hold two plots of land. Apart from that, the cost of one plot was Rs 37,000 in 1992, but it has been transferred to Lalu’s family for the same amount even after 18 years. It clearly points that the Lalu got these properties for obliging his partymen with MLC posts.”Modi also said that two more plots along the same strip was owned by Rabri’s brother and RJD leader Prem Chand Gupta. “RJD MP and housing society’s chairman Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav also got a new plot (223) registered in his name, despite already having the lease of plot number 223,” the BJP leader said and accused the RJD of ‘occupying’ 95 per cent of the society’s posts and misusing it.He demanded that a detailed report on the irregularities of the Cooperative Society, prepared by the Patna District Magistrate and submitted to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, should be made public and allotment of plot to violators of the by-laws should be cancelled.Hitting back, Lalu’s younger son and deputy CM of Bihar Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, who has been at the receiving end ever since Modi made his string of ‘exposes’ starting April 4, said, “Modi is trying to hide his own black money and shady deals, because of which he makes so much noise about others.” Lalu replied to the tweet saying, “These people (Modi) disown their blood relations to hide their black money.”

Sonia to form committee for presidential candidate: Lalu Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be constituting a committee which will come up with names of possible candidates for the post of President and Vice-President. Yadav said that leaders of 17 political parties gathered to take the vital decision. ?Meeting took place in a good cordial atmosphere. This is the first time we all sat after completion of three years of Modi government. We discussed on election of President, Vice President; authorized Sonia ji to form committee,? said Yadav after attending meeting with Sonia Gandhi. With President Pranab Mukherjee’s term drawing to a close, there were reports that the Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat was being considered as one of the leading contenders for the coveted post. Shiv Sena, through its mouthpiece Saamna, also threw its weight behind Bhagwat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RJD calls for fair probe in ‘benami assets’ case against Lalu, Misa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Thursday called for a fair probe in the benami properties case involving party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband. ?I find it a little bizarre and shocking that things, which even investigative agencies are not aware of, are being circulated in the media. I believe this is fairly procedural thing, but what disturbs us all that suddenly a television channel writes ?this and that impact’,? RJD leader Manoj Jha told ANI. “I think investigative agencies should take cognizance of these things because if rule of law comes under doubt then I think it would impact the state processes. We only wish the investigation should be fair,” he added. Yesterday, the Income Tax Department issued summons to Bharti and her husband, in connection with its probe into a Rs. 1,000-crore alleged benami land deals and a tax evasion case. The development followed the arrest of chartered acountant Rajesh Kumar Agrawal by the Enforcement Directorate on May 22. Agrawal is alleged to have aided in the llegal transactions involving Lalu’s kin. The arrest came days after raids were conducted by the Income Tax department at 22 locations in Delhi, Gurugram on companies and people associated with Lalu. As per sources, the raids were conducted on the charges of illegal (benami) land deals worth Rs. 1,000 crore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ED arrests Chartered Accountant of Lalu Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday arrested Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti’s Chartered Accountant (CA) Rajesh Agarwal, in connection with the money trail scam of around Rs. 8000 crore.Agarwal, who provided money to Misa Bharti’s company, would be produced before the Patiala court.The arrest comes days after raids were conducted by the Income Tax department at 22 locations in Delhi, Gurugram on companies and people associated with Lalu.As per sources, the raids were conducted on the charges of illegal (benami) land deals worth Rs. 1,000 crore.The Rashtriya Janata Dal ( RJD) chief is already under scanner in the fodder scam case.

Unfazed by IT raids, Lalu says ‘there are millions of Lalu’s in Bihar’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following Income Tax raids at 22 locations in Delhi, Gurugram on companies and people associated with him, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav asserted that he is not afraid of the onslaught against him. Lalu took to Twitter to slam the BJP, saying the saffron party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are trying to pressurise him, knowing that he will expose their ?lies, loot and jumlas.? Challenging the Centre to reveal the names of the 22 places raided, the former Bihar chief minister said, ?At least tell which 22 places were raided, you illiterates. Lalu is not scared of BJP-backed media and government puppets.? Lalu further said that the BJP lacks courage to suppress his voice and if they try to do so, then million more Lalus will emerge all across India. In a challenging voice, Lalu cautioned the BJP saying, ?I am not scared of the BJP. There is a lot more to be done by bringing together all the parties sharing the same ideology.? Earlier today, raids were conducted by the Income Tax department at 22 locations in Delhi, Gurugram on companies and people associated with Lalu. A team of about 100 tax department officials and police personnel are reportedly carrying out the raids. As per sources, the raids are being conducted on the charges of illegal (benami) land deals worth Rs. 1,000 crore. The searches are reportedly also being conducted at the premises of the son of RJD MP P C Gupta and few other businessmen. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is already under scanner in the fodder scam case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi wants to become dictator and ruin nation Lalu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Coming down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to pose himself as Lord Ram, adding he wants to dictate the country which will ultimately ruin the system. ?Prime Minister Modi wants to become Ram and tells people to be like ?Bajrangbali? and listen to him quietly without any questions. He wants to become a dictator. Under his rule this country will not flourish and neither will it be secure,? Lalu said in a press conference here. He added that the BJP has made India the biggest supplier of beef but is manhandling and assaulting those who are using cows for the dairy products. ?The Prime Minister said that after demonetisation the incidents of stone pelting will stop in Kashmir, also Naxal activities will stop. Instead, inflation is on the rise, unemployment is increasing and communalism is increasing as well,? he asserted. Lalu further said that Prime Minister Modi had promised that each and every MP would adopt a village and contribute in its development but nothing happened. ?Since the time BJP has come into power, Pakistan has been attacking on India ferociously. This government does not think about its people,? he said. While talking about the rift in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Lalu said that sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra has been thrown out of the party that is why he has been putting allegations on Kejriwal and others. ?He grew along with the party and now he is exposing about the wrong doings. Why didn?t he do it when he was a part of the party? If he knew about the corrupt structure of AAP then he is also involved in it. He should have immediately informed the police about the matter,? he told ANI.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fodder scam: Courts should be consistent in its findings, SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court was today critical of the Jharkhand High Court orders quashing criminal conspiracy charges against former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra while retaining them against other accused in the same facts and circumstances. The apex court said the courts need to be “careful and consistent” in their findings as people have faith in the system and it should not take different view in same matters with respect to different accused in same facts and case. “The court ought to have been careful while dealing with matters and consistency is the hallmark of the court due to which people have faith in the system and it is not open to the court to take a different view in the same matter with reference to different accused persons in the same facts and same case,” a bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy said. While dealing with former RJD MP R K Rana’s verdict where the Jharkhand High Court in contrast to finding given in Lalu Yadav case in fodder scam where it has quashed the trial said it is constrained to observe that the same judge had taken a different view. In Rana’s case, the same high court judge had noted that there was some overlapping of facts but the offences were different and hence needed separate trial. “Judicial discipline requires that such a blatant contradiction in such an important matter should have been avoided. The order passed in the case of Dr R K Rana was on sound basis and though the court had noted that there was some overlapping of facts but the offences were different, it, however, has taken a different view in the impugned order for the reasons which are not understandable,” it said. The bench said that such “inconsistent decision-making” ought to have been avoided at all costs so as to ensure credibility of the system. “The impugned orders are palpably illegal, faulty and contrary to the basic principles of law and Judge has ignored large number of binding decisions of this Court while giving impermissible benefit to the accused persons and delayed the case for several years. “Interference had been made at the advanced stage of the case which was wholly unwarranted and uncalled for. Let now amends be made by expediting the trial without any further hindrance from any quarter,” the bench said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lalu’s conversation with Shahabuddin : RJD claims tape ‘doctored’, BJP slams Nitish’s ‘silence’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after an audiotape of a conversation between Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and criminal-turned-political leader Mohammad Shahabuddin was made public by an English news channel, the RJD on Sunday termed it as doctored and accused the channel of propagating the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) agenda.RJD’s Jharkhand unit spokesman Manoj Jha told ANI, ‘This is the conspiracy hatched against our party by the channel whose anchors just read out the script penned down by the BJP. They used the ‘His Masters Voice’ (HMV) to execute a baseless political battle and attack us.’‘When a channel makes huge claims on doctored tapes and refuses to run other side of the story, its credibility comes to zero and then it is nothing more than a mouthpiece of the left wing,’ added Jha.
ALSO READ Lalu-Mafia tape: BJP demands Nitish’s resignation, asks him to take action against LaluThe news channel had played a recorded conversation which it claimed took place between Lalu Prasad and convicted MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, wherein the latter is heard complaining against the stringent law enforcement.Condemning the episode, JD(U) leader K.C Tyagi said, ‘This is an attempt to destabilize the Bihar government.’
ALSO READ Lalu-Mafia tape: BJP demands explanation from Nitish Kumar, RJD blames Tihar jail authorities An English news channel yesterday aired an audio clip of Lalu having a conversation with jailed mafia don Mohammad Shahabuddin. It played a recorded conversation which it claimed took place between Lalu Prasad and his convicted MP. (ANI) Dubbing the incident of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav conversing with his party’s jailed former MP from Siwan, Mohammad Shahabuddin as ‘shocking’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said it is appalling to know that a former state chief and a cabinet minister is taking orders from a criminal.BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said the revelation has brought down Yadav in a serious way. ‘It is shocking that a person, who has been a Chief Minister and a union minister, is talking to a criminal, a murder who has been sent to jail. It is shocking that he is taking orders from him. This has brought down the image of Lalu Yadav in a very serious way,’ said Swamy.Meanwhile, another BJP leader Shaina NC questioned Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s silence on the issue and urged the people of the state to franchise their votes in the future cautiously.‘Isn’t it shocking that you have a leader like Lalu Prasad Yadav who is talking to a underworld don who is in jail. And then you have Nitish Kumar absolutely silent and not even commenting is this the ideology of Lalu Prasad ji, if it is then I think people of Bihar will well be aware of their future electoral choices,’ said Shaina.

Lalu-Shahabuddin audio tapes: BJP questions Nitish Kumar’s silence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Dubbing the incident of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav conversing with his party’s jailed former MP from Siwan, Mohammad Shahabuddin as ‘shocking’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said it is appalling to know that a former state chief and a cabinet minister is taking orders from a criminal.BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said the revelation has brought down Yadav’s in a serious way.”It is shocking that a person, who has been a Chief Minister and a union minister, is talking to a criminal, a murderer who has been sent to jail. It is shocking that he is taking orders from him. This has brought down the image of Lalu Yadav in a very serious way,” said Swamy.Meanwhile, another BJP leader Shaina NC questioned Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s silence on the issue and urged the people of the state to franchise their votes in the future cautiously.”Isn’t it shocking that you have a leader like Lalu Prasad Yadav who is talking to a underworld don who is in jail. And then you have Nitish Kumar absolutely silent and not even commenting is this the ideology of Lalu Prasad ji, if it is then I think people of Bihar will well be aware of their future electoral choices,” said NC.A news channel on Saturday aired an audio clip of Lalu having a conversation with jailed Shahabuddin. It played a recorded conversation which it claimed took place between Lalu Prasad and his convicted MP.

Naresh Agarwal asks RS speaker to shift seats of Mulayam loyalists towards back of House

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a development signalling no end to the Yadav clan war, Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief Whip Naresh Agarwal on Wednesday sought directions from the Rajya Sabha Chairman to push the seats Amar Singh and Beni Prasad Verma Yadav, who are loyalists of party patriarch Mulayam Singh, towards the end of the House. Agarwal wrote a letter in this regard to Hamid Ansari, following which the chairman, pushed their seats at the back as opposed to their original allotment. The development is being seen as nothing but pure grudge towards Amar Singh and Beni Prasad Yadav for their loyalties towards founder of Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh, over Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. ?According to the Chairman?s office, seats are allotted keeping in mind the number of Parties. After which, the number of seats are procured by the party at a particular spot. Going further, which seat would be taken by whom is decided by the Chief Whip of the party, which he gives in written and the plan is agreed upon. And that is how we have acted upon Naresh Agarwal?s letter and have pushed the seats of MP?s behind?, Rajya Sabha office notified. It may be recalled that during the infamous Akhilesh and Mulayam?s fallout, both Amar Singh and Beni Prasad Yadav tended their allegiance towards Mulayam, following which the party patriarch issued the ticket to Beni?s son Rakesh Verma, which was later cancelled by Akhilesh. Rumours of Rakesh joining the BJP also surfaced post the development, adding to the tension.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: 35 killed in Turkey shooting; Modi’s year-end speech; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Turkey: Gunman dressed as Santa opens fire at nightclub, at least 35 dead in attackThe police have cordoned off the area and an operation to capture the assailant is ongoing. Read more.2. Modi announces major sops for women, farmers, SMEs in year-end speechPM’s schemes include housing loan relief, sops for women, farmers, SMEs. Read more.3. Yadav war ends as Mulayam blinks & takes Akhilesh backThe development unfolded after night-long deliberations between party strongman Azam Khan and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Read more.4. Kashmir now faces threat from JhelumLast three months record only 3.6mm rainfall against average of 100mm; water supply, electricity hit. Read more.5. How Nayar beat the odds and survived in cricketFor somebody who claims to be ‘not a gifted cricketer’, Mumbai all-rounder has come a long way thanks to his guts & grit. Read more.

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