Lalu Yadav CBI raids: Yadav, whose RJD is the senior party in the alliance with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, today lashed out at the Centre over the searches that took place at places linked to him and his family said it was vendetta politics of PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and the RSS. The CBI today carried out searches at the residence of former Railway Minister Lalu Yadav and 11 other locations after registering a case of corruption against him. Lalu reacted by saying he didn’t have any idea about the case and the BJP is after him as he is bringing all opposition parties on one platform. “BJP wants to send me to jail and tarnish my image,” Lalu said.
The RJD chief also questioned the “quickness” of filing the case and the search warrant against him while adding that he has the habit of facing the CBI. Lalu, however, did not hold CBI responsible for the raids and said it was the conspiracy of PM Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and the RSS. He attacked the BJP saying, “they want to break the country.” However, he asked his family to cooperate with the CBI officials during the search operation. Lalu said as he will organise a rally named ‘BJP hatao desh bachao’, in Patna on August 27 to remove PM Modi after 2019 general elections, Centre is playing vendetta politics aginst him. “The BJP try whatever possible but I won’t break down,” the former Bihar chief minister said, while terming the Modi government as “dictatorial”.
The searches started at seven in the morning and were spread out at 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Gurugram, Additional Director CBI Rakesh Asthana said at a press conference, according to a PTI report. “The case is of criminal conspiracy (120-B), cheating (420) under IPC and corruption,” Asthana was quoted as saying by PTI.
He said between 2004 and 2014, a conspiracy was hatched in pursuance of which BNR hotels of Indian Railways located at Puri and Ranchi were first transferred to the IRCTC and later on for its operations, maintenance and upkeep, it was given on lease to a private firm Sujata Hotel pvt ltd based in Patna, the news agency said in its report.
As per a report by India Today, RJD chief has also invited various other Opposition leaders to be a part of the rally. Some of the names are Congress President Sonia Gandhi, UP former CM Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee amongst others. The rally is aimed at uniting Opposition parties across the country to take on the BJP-led NDA in the next general elections which is scheduled to take place in 2019.