Chartered Accountant Of Lalu’s Daughter Misa Bharti Arrested

Bihar’s senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who has been levelling corruption allegations against Lalu and his family, asserted that there was a link between the Jain brothers and Misa.

New Delhi: Troubles of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad are only mounting day by day. In the latest development, a chartered accountant allegedly linked to Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti was arrested in a money laundering case by Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday.

While the officials claimed that the arrest has been made in the context of Rajesh Aggarwal’s alleged role in an ₹ 8,000 crore money laundering case being probed by the central government’s financial crimes team and not his dealings with Misa Bharti, sources say that even the dealing regarding her companies is a part of this.

Charges were filed against Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain recently by the directorate in this case. They were two entry operators who were accused of creating shell companies, firms that don’t really carry any legitimate business activity but exist on paper to turn black into white. They were arrested in March.

With this arrest, it can be said that the Enforcement Directorate has come closest to the Lalu Yadav household. Last week, income tax officers raided nearly 20 premises looking for evidence of Lalu and his family’s proxy land deals to the tune of ₹ 1,000 crores.

Sources in the ED said that the officials believe that Misa Bharti too used chartered accountant Rajesh Aggarwal to launder money.  “He would obviously be questioned about all deals that he has facilitated during his questioning,” a government official said.

Bihar’s senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who has been levelling corruption allegations against Lalu and his family, asserted that there was a link between the Jain brothers and Misa.

Modi recently accused Misa Bharti of laundering money through a shell company to buy a farmhouse at Delhi Bijwasan area at a throwaway price in 2008-09 when her father was a union minister.

Last year, Modi government ordered a crackdown on shell companies and the professionals such as lawyers and chartered accountants who help clients launder money. Nearly 1,200 shell companies have been detected and 22,000 beneficiaries used it to launder over 13,000 crores. As part of this drive, the enforcement Directorate had carried out searches across 100 locations to unearth 300 such companies.

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CBI Registers Cases Against Lalu and Family Following Raids On Their Residences

Cases have been booked against Lalu, his wife Rabri, and son, Tejashwi Yadav, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, over acquisition of three acres of land in Patna. As then Railways Minister, Lalu is accused of granting “illegal favours” to a privately owned company in lieu of this land.

New Delhi:  The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered cases against former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Lalu’s son, Tejashwi Yadav, following raids on their residences.

The cases were booked in connection with alleged irregularities in leasing two railway hotels to a private company when Lalu was the Railways Minister. Raids were conducted by CBI on at least a dozen locations, including residences of Lalu Yadav and his family members, in Delhi, Gurugram, Patna, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar.

Former IRCTC Managing Director PK Goyal and the wife of Lalu’s confidante, Prem Chand Gupta, have also been also booked by the CBI.

Providing details, CBI Additional Director Rakesh Asthana on Friday stated that Lalu Yadav had granted illegal favours to privately owned Sujata Hotel through the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) when he was the Railway Minister between 2004 and 2009. The tender process was allegedly manipulated to favour the private company “in exchange of three-acre land in Patna, where a mall is being built now,” Asthana disclosed.

The land in western Patna was first said to have been transferred by Delight Marketing Company Pvt. Ltd. It was then again transferred to another company owned by the Yadav family’s Lara Projects “at a very low cost”, according to the CBI Additional Director.

Cases have been registered under Sections 420, 120 B of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 13 and 13 1 B of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Lalu Cries Foul

Responding to raids on his family residences, the Rashtriya Janata Dala (RJD) chief called it a political conspiracy because he had not done anything wrong. He alleged that he and his family members were being targeted to force them to bow down before the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

“I don’t mind being reduced to ashes, but I will see to it that Modi Administration is removed for good,” he asserted.

Incidentally, Lalu was speaking to the media on Friday after appearing in the fodder scam case at the Ranchi Court. He hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ruling BJP over the CBI raids. Accusing CBI of working at the behest of the Modi Government, Lalu said, “I told my wife and children to make CBI officials comfortable. It (the raid) is not their fault.”

He asserted that such raids were an act of vengeance as he and his party were trying to unite all other likeminded opposition parties to oust the Modi Government. He announced that he will organise a rally to inform the people how he and his children are being attacked with political vendetta.

 

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Lalu’s Family Members Charged Under Benami Transactions Act

Noose around Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s family is tightening with IT department slapping charges against the members of the family under Benami Transactions Act.
Lalu’s Family Members Charged For Benami Transactions Act

New Delhi: The Income Tax department slapped charges under Benami Transactions Act on Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti, son and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav in connection with its probe into land deals worth ₹ 1,000 crore and tax evasion on Tuesday.

The department served attachment notice under the stringent act for assets worth over ₹ 9 crores against Lalu’s family.

Interestingly, recently, senior BJP leader Sushil Modi had alleged that Hema Yadav, daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, had acquired a “Benami” plot worth ₹ 62.10 lakh as a “gift” from a grade four employee of the railways, a charge denied by the RJD.

Sushil Modi had claimed that Hridayanand Choudhary had given his 7.75 decimal land in Patna worth ₹ 62.10 lakh to Hema, the fifth daughter of Lalu Prasad, as a “gift”.

Choudhary even paid ₹ 6.28 lakh for stamp duty and registration while gifting the land to Hema, Modi had alleged.

The department carried out country-wide searches in this case last month.

Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.

Violation of the Act carries rigorous imprisonment of up to seven years and a hefty fine.

The 1988 Act was implemented by the government from November 1 last year.

Tax department officials had said Prasad’s kin held some of the properties under their scanner in a “benami” way.

The RJD chief, however, had sought to put up a brave face after the raids, saying he was “not scared at all” and would continue to fight against “fascist forces”.

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CBI, IT Officials Raid Properties Of Chidambaram, Lalu

The law enforcement agencies finally swung into action and raided the residences and properties of senior politicians P Chidambaram and Lalu Prasad Yadav. There have been allegations against both the politicians relating to corruption.

New Delhi: As Centre begins a massive crackdown on corruption cases against political leaders and businessmen; raids on Tuesday morning on the properties of senior and celebrated politicians- former finance minister P Chidambaram and former chief minister of Bihar and former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav shook the respective parties and the followers.

While the CBI raided 16 places related to Chidambaram and his son Karti, Income Tax sleuths raided 20 locations of Lalu in Delhi and Gurgaon.

The raids on Chidambaram and Karti’s properties are related to a 2007-08 case of FIPB approval given to INX media allegedly at the behest of Karti. The searches were carried out at least at 13 other locations including Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai and Chandigarh. The allegation is that while the clearance for INX was only for ₹ 4 cores, the foreign investment was reportedly much higher. In lieu with this, an FIR was reportedly filed against Karti, Indrani and Peter Mukerjea who owned INX media.

Meanwhile, responding to the raids, Chidambaram alleged that they are only taking place to silence his voice.

In connection with the case, CBI also raided residences of Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea in Mumbai.

However, Mukarjeas are lodged in different Mumbai jails in connection with Sheena Bora (Indrani’s daughter’s) murder case. At the moment, even their lawyers can’t get in touch with them as they need permission from the prison department.

IT raids on Lalu Yadav:

Responding to the allegations against Lalu Yadav that he was the beneficiary of 1,000 crores worth of proxy land deals, income tax officials on Tuesday raided nearly 20 location of Lalu s in Delhi and Gurgaon to seize evidence for their case.

The raids were carried out hours after the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that if Centre has evidence of his partner’s corruption, it needs to take action instead of levelling mere allegations. As allegations were heaped against Lalu, Nitish maintained silence all these days. This is the first time that he broke his silence and commented.

Nearly hundred tax officials and police personnel carried out the raids. For the past six weeks, Bihar BJP unit has been releasing documents relating to Lalu’s land scams. However, on Monday Lalu condemned BJP for targeting those leaders who are questioning them repeatedly and encouraging character assassination.

“People and businessmen connected to land deals involving Lalu Yadav and his family are being searched. There are allegations of Benami (proxy) deals worth about Rs. 1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion,” a senior unnamed official was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.

While children of Lalu, Misa Bharti, a parliamentarian, Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Yadav, ministers in Nitish Kumar government, were accused of playing prime roles in corrupt land deals in Patna-Delhi and other cities.

However, Lalu has not denied any of these allegations.

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  1. Ashok T Jaisinghani says:

    ★★★Lalu Prasad Yadav must realize that he is EXTREMELY LUCKY, as his WIFE and SONS have NOT been KIDNAPPED by CBI for RANSOM!★★★

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More Trouble For Lalu, To Be Tried On Fodder Scam

Supreme Court’s order comes just days after his audio leak.

Overturning the Jharkhand High Court order dropping conspiracy charges against the RJD supremo and former chief minister of undivided Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Supreme Court ruled that he should be tried for criminal conspiracy.

Acting on a plea of CBI which opposed dropping of charges, the Apex Court issued directions that the shall be completed in nine months.

The Supreme Court has found fault with the Jharkhand court order which stayed the trial against Yadav. “The High Court should have been consistent in its findings and not have given different views for different sets of accused in a case” the apex court observed.

Lalu’s party is now in power in Bihar sharing power with Nitish Kumar-led JD (U)

The charges are in connection with a case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 96 lakh during Yadav’s chief ministerial tenure.

The fodder scam relates to embezzlement of nearly 1000 crore in various districts when Lalu was the Bihar chief minister from 1990 to 1997 in the guise of purchasing fodder and some fictitious medicines for the cattle.

Interestingly, key files of this politically sensitive case had gone missing and it was reported that the officers have informed the State government that there is nothing except a few inflated invoices to prove the role of RJD leaders.

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Will Mahaghatbandhan survive these blows?

Differences between Lalu and Nitish might bring along a renewed coalition in Bihar.

Aruna Neela

Patna: Is the Mahaghatbandhan in Bihar on the verge of collapse? Is Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar going to dump RJD chief Lalu Yadav? Is the stage set for BJP, JD(U) alliance in Bihar?

The events unfolding of late is only indicating towards it.  Though Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav came together to keep away BJP, it is widely speculated since the beginning that two parties were not on the same page with one another. The friction was visible from before the Assembly elections during seat sharing. Though both managed to sail along, differences came into the light now and then, sometimes seriously.

The latest audio clip run by Republic TV, the convicted mafia don Shahabuddin was heard asking Lalu to remove Siwan Superintendent of Police Saurabh Kumar Shah. Your SP is useless… remove all of them… they will start a riot”, he said.

This is a great opportunity for JD(U) to dump Lalu, but the party reacted very cautiously, as usual, saying that the government will investigate purported conversation between Lalu and Shahabuddin aired by a media house. The government did not transfer the SP whose name is taken in the audio and it proves that our government never compromised on law and order, said spokesperson of JD(U).

Meanwhile, the RJD chose to defend Shahabuddin, saying that his party will not expel him. However, it was cautious and said that if he spoke from jail that was wrong and nothing should be interpreted from the audio clip.

This is not the first time that there was a controversy involving Shahabuddin. Last year in September the mafia don turned politician, Shahabuddin sparked off a controversy that exposed the frail coalition between JD (U) and RJD.  He lauded his party boss Lalu Yadav and termed Nitish as a Chief Minister of circumstances, which snowballed into a slugfest between the alliance partners.

As usual, Nitish tried to downplay the controversy and claimed that State government is in no way involved with Shahabuddin’s release. Then also RJD chief protected his former MP Shahabuddin saying that “Shahabuddin has said nothing wrong. He has only said Lalu Yadav is leader. Nitish has no problem with his statement.” They buried the hatchet and got along after the incident.

While the RJD cadre feels that the present deputy Chief Minister  Tejaswi Yadav, should be made the Chief Minister, allegations about his involvement in sand mafia, real estate mafia are coming into light. As Lalu is on bail and cannot become the chief minister, he wants his son to become CM on his behalf. Lalu had high hopes on Congress’s performance in the recently held five State Assembly elections, but he was disappointed. If Congress had become stronger, it was speculated that he wanted to dump Nitish and make his son the CM.

The two parties are taking divergent views on every issue recently – be it demonetisation or campaigning in UP, they never had a unanimous decision. While Lalu vehemently criticised demonetisation, Nitish supported it.  Lalu went to campaign in UP, Nitish chose to stay away. The differences were always visible, but they made the alliance work for the only reason- power.

But the serious allegations against alliance partners, again and again, might make Nitish think about continuing the alliance.

The BJP which has been on the winning spree and forming the governments by hook or crook in the States might take the opportunity to break the alliance and enter the coalition with JD(U). It would not be the first time for BJP to share power with JD(U), the experiment was done but ended bitterly. Since it has learnt lessons, it may be given another run.

And Nitish too wants a stronger partner. A friend at the Centre would help him keep up his election promises and getting the needed funds to put the State on the map of progress.

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రాహుల్ పై లాలూ విసుర్లు: ఇంతకీ తెరవెనుక కథ ఏమిటి?

పాట్నా: బీహార్ లో త్రికోణ అధికారకూటమిలో కలహపర్వం ఇంకా నడుస్తూనే ఉంది. ఆర్జేడీ అధినేత లాలూ ప్రసాద్ యాదవ్ ఎన్డీయే వర్సెస్ యూపీయేకు వచ్చేసరికి మొదటినుంచీ కాంగ్రెస్ కు , ఆ పార్టీ అధ్యక్షురాలు సోనియా గాంధీకీ తిరుగులేని మద్దతుదారుగా ఉంటూవచ్చారు. కాషాయ బృందానికి వ్యతిరేకంగా సెక్యులర్ పక్షాలను కూడగట్టడంలో జేడీయూ అధినేత నితీశ్ కుమార్ తో పోల్చితే లాలూ ఎక్కువ నిబద్ధత కనబరుస్తూ వచ్చారన్నది నిజం. దానివెనుక రాజకీయ అనివార్యతలు ఉండడం వేరే విషయం.

అలాంటిది, ఇప్పుడు లాలూ ప్రసాద్ యాదవ్ కాంగ్రెస్ ఉపాధ్యక్షుడు రాహుల్ గాంధీకి గురిపెట్టి కొన్ని వ్యాఖ్యలు చేశారు.  జయలలిత, మమతా బెనర్జీ, నితీశ్ కుమార్ లలో ఎవరైనా ప్రధాని కావడానికి అర్హులే నని, రాహుల్ గాంధీకి ఆ అర్హత ఉందని తను భావించడం లేదనీ మీడియాతో మాట్లాడుతూ బాంబ్ పేల్చారు. నితీశ్ కుమార్ నాయకత్వాన్ని ఆమోదించలేకపోతే ఆర్జేడీ ప్రభుత్వం నుంచి తప్పుకోవచ్చని బీహార్ పీసీసీ అధ్యక్షుడు అశోక్ చౌదరి విసిరిన సవాలే లాలూ ఇలా రాహుల్ కు గురిపెట్టడానికి కారణం. ఆర్జేడీకి వ్యతిరేకంగా రాష్ట్ర కాంగ్రెస్ దూకుడుకి కళ్ళెం వేయడానికే లాలూ ఈ వ్యాఖ్య చేశారని ఆర్జేడీ వర్గాలు చెబుతున్నాయి. అయినా సరే, ఏకంగా కాంగ్రెస్ ఉపాధ్యక్షుడినే లాలూ గురి పెట్టడంలో ఆయన పట్ల లాలూలో గూడు కట్టుకున్న పాత కోపం బయట పడిందన్న అభిప్రాయమూ వ్యక్తమవుతోంది. లాలూ గడ్డి కుంభకోణంలో శిక్ష ఎదుర్కొని లోక్ సభ సభ్యత్వాన్ని కోల్పోయిన సందర్భంలో ఆయనను, అలాంటివారిని అలాంటి పరిస్థితినుంచి తప్పించడానికి యూపీయే ప్రభుత్వం ఒక ఆర్డినెన్స్ తీసుకొచ్చింది. ఒక ఎంపీ కానీ ఎమ్మెల్యే కానీ ఏదైనా ఆరోపణలో శిక్షను ఎదుర్కొన్నప్పుడు  ఉన్నత న్యాయస్థానానికి అప్పీలు చేసుకుంటే తమ చట్టసభ సభ్యత్వాన్ని కోల్పోనవసరం లేదని ఎన్నికల నియమావళి చెబుతోంది. సుప్రీం కోర్టు ఆ ప్రోవిజన్ ను కొట్టివేస్తూ తీర్పు ఇచ్చింది. అప్పుడు యూపీయేకు, సోనియా గాంధీకీ మొదటినుంచీ సన్నిహితంగా ఉన్న లాలూ ప్రసాద్ యాదవ్ సభ్యత్వాన్ని కాపాడడమే ప్రధాన లక్ష్యం అన్న భావన కలిగిస్తూ యూపీయే ప్రభుత్వం సుప్రీం కోర్టు తీర్పును తోసిపుచ్చే ఆర్డినెన్స్ తీసుకొచ్చింది. ఆ నేపథ్యంలో 2013లో పార్టీ ప్రతినిధి నిర్వహించే ఒక మీడియా సమావేశంలోకి రాహుల్ హఠాత్తుగా వచ్చి ఆ ఆర్డినెన్స్ ప్రతిని చించివేసి సంచలనాన్ని, విమర్శలను సృష్టించిన సంగతి తెలిసినదే. ఆ చర్య లాలూని నొప్పించడం సహజమే.

అయితే ఆ తర్వాత నితీశ్, లాలూలను దగ్గర చేసి రాష్ట్రస్థాయిలో ఎన్డీయేకు బలమైన కూటమిని అవతరింపజేయడంలో రాహుల్ కూడా కొంత పాత్ర నిర్వహించారు. కనుక కాంగ్రెస్, రాహుల్ ల విషయంలో లాలూ అప్పటికి సర్దుబాటు వైఖరిని కనబరచడంలో కూటమి విశాల ప్రయోజనాలను దృష్టిలో ఉంచుకుని విజ్ఞత పాటించారన్నది నిస్సందేహం. అటువంటిది ఇప్పుడు లాలూ రాహుల్ కు గురి పెట్టడం ఒకవిధంగా విస్మయం కలిగించేదే. అలాగే ఆర్జేడీ నేతలు కొందరు నితీశ్ పై వ్యతిరేక వ్యాఖ్యలు చేసిన సందర్భంలో ఆర్జేడీ-జేడీయూ ల మధ్య మరింతగా మంట రాజుకునేలా రాష్ట్ర కాంగ్రెస్ నాయకత్వం ఆజ్యం అందించడమూ విస్మయం కలిగిస్తుంది. కాంగ్రెస్ సమీపకాలంలో జేడీయూ, ఆర్జేడీలకే కాదు సరికదా, బీజేపీకి కూడా ప్రత్యామ్నాయం కాలేని స్థితిలో ఇలా ఎందుకు వ్యవహరిస్తోందో కూడా ప్రశ్నార్థకం. మొత్తంమీద జేడీయూ-ఆర్జేడీ-కాంగ్రెస్ కూటమి ఏడాది కూడా తిరగకుండానే కలహ సంకేతాలు జారీ చేయడం సెక్యులర్ పక్షాలలో ఆందోళన రేపుతుందన్నది నిస్సందేహం. రాజకీయంగా ఎంతో సర్దుబాటును కనబరుస్తూ వచ్చిన లాలూ కూడా ఇప్పుడు ఒత్తిడికి గురవుతున్నట్టు రాహుల్ వ్యతిరేక వ్యాఖ్య ద్వారా అర్థమవుతోంది. 2019 మరో రెండున్నర ఏళ్ల దూరంలో ఉన్న స్థితిలో ఎవరు ప్రధాని అభ్యర్థి అన్న ప్రశ్న ఈ మూడు పక్షాలనూ తలోవైపుకీ లాగుతోందా అన్న సందేహం కూడా కలుగుతోంది. ఇది కాకపోతే తెర వెనక ఇంకా ఏవేవో జరుగుతూ ఉండవచ్చు. కాలం గడిచిన కొద్దీ అది స్పష్టమవచ్చు.

ఆర్జేడీ కి చెందిన సహబుద్దీన్ 11 ఏళ్ల శిక్ష తర్వాత జైలునుంచి విడుదలవడం ఈ కలహపర్వానికి ఊతమిచ్చిన తక్షణ ఘటన. “గత్యంతరం లేని స్థితిలో నితీశ్ ముఖ్యమంత్రి అయ్యా”రన్న సహాబుద్దీన్ వ్యాఖ్యా, “లాలూయే మా నాయకుడు. నితీశ్ ముఖ్యమంత్రి అవడాన్ని నేను అప్పుడే ఒప్పుకోలేదు” అని మరో ఆర్జేడీ నేత రఘువంశ్ ప్రసాద్ సింగ్ వ్యాఖ్యా కందిరీగల తుట్టను రేపాయి. సహాబుద్దీన్ విడుదలకు వ్యతిరేకంగా అప్పీలు చేయడానికి నితీశ్ ప్రభుత్వం సుముఖంగా ఉండడం ఈ మొత్తానికి కారణంలా కనిపిస్తోంది. బీహార్ లోనే కాదు, దేశమంతటా నేరశక్తులూ, రాజకీయాలూ ఎలా పెనవేసుకున్నాయో తెలిసినదే. అందులోనూ ఆర్జేడీలో అలాంటి శక్తులు గణనీయమే. కనుక నితీశ్ వైఖరి లాలూకు ఇబ్బందికరం అవడంలో ఆశ్చర్యం లేదు.

ఎన్డీయేకు బలమైన సెక్యులర్ ప్రత్యామ్నాయం గురించిన ఆశలు రేపిన ఈ కూటమి ఇలా కలహకాపురంలా మారుతుండడం దేశవ్యాప్తంగా ఎన్డీయేతర పక్షాలలో ఆందోళన కలిగించడంలోనూ వింత లేదు.

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Shahabuddin Rocks Bihar Coalition

  • Lalu supports don
  • Nitish in a fix

Patna: Mohammad Shahabuddin, a criminal turned politician, who came out of jail on bail, has been causing sleepless nights for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Ever since he walked out of jail following the bail granted by Patna High Court s few days ago, Shahabuddin has been attacking the CM. Elected to Parliament four times from Siwan in Bihar, Shahabuddin is a strong supporter of the leader of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav. The whole nation is watching Nitish Kumar to know whether he would stand up to the challenge or buckle down under coalition pressure. Nitish has a clean record in fighting corruption and putting end to jungle raj in Bihar. As long as he was in partnership with the BJP in the previous government, he was taking stringent measures to curb corruption and maintain law and order. He gained in popularity as a clean politician and efficient administrator.

When Narendra Modi, another BC leader, was selected as prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, Nitish had snapped his ties with that party. Bihar Assembly elections were held well after Modi took charge as PM. JD(U) of Nitish Kumar, RJD of Lalu Prasad Yadav and the Congress party had floated a grand alliance against the BJP and won the fiercely fought election. As the popularity graph of Modi takes a dip the name of Nitish Kumar as an alternative prime ministerial candidate used to come up. With the release of Shahabuddin, the prime ministerial ambition of Nitish have been rudely hit.

After a long gap, Nitish has broken his silence and said law would take its course. A top official of the Bihar government had asserted on Tuesday that the bail granted to the MP would be challenged by the State government in Supreme Court. But Lalu’s indirect defence of the criminal politician has put a big question mark on the future of Bihar coalition government and also on the future of Nitish Kumar.

Nitish received a lot of flack when he decided to part company with the BJP and make friends with the RJD supremo. He was criticised for stooping low to conquer by giving the post of deputy chief minister to Lalu’s inexperienced son. Knowing the questionable political practices followed by Lalu, it can be construed that the coalition government’s future is threatened. Nitish has been able to keep the boat afloat so far resolving problems created by the RJD functionaries. But Shahabuddin’s release is a development that had unimaginable potential for damaging the coalition by creating rift between Nitish and Lalu. While supporting Shahabuddin, Lalu said Nitish continues to be the leader of Mahaghatbandhan. But as far as Lalu calls the shots the din would have total immunity in Bihar. Lalu has been dictating terms to Nitish either in a subtle way or in a brazen manner. The Congress party, the junior partner in the grand alliance, had to answer the question relating to the don.

Lalu told the CNN- News 18 on Thursday that the controversy over Shahabuddin was created by the BJP and the media.  He also said the matter pertaining to Shahabuddin had to be resolved by the courts.

Nitish may have to yield to public opinion and challenge the bail granted to Shahabuddin in the apex court. That would mean to risk his job and all his stakes.

1 Response

  1. It will be extremely unfortunate if the Bihar CM buckles under pressure from the RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for protecting Shahabuddin. Nitish Kumar has to allow the law to take its own course which in this case implies that
    the criminal turned politician’s bail petition has to be contested in the Supreme Court by the government of Bihar.
    Every political thinker in the country is aware that Lalu’s RJD has 80 seats in the Bihar Assembly as against 71 of
    JD (U) party. Certain minimal ethical standards are absolutely necessary in the interests of a healthy democracy.
    Coalition governments can never provide stable governments anywhere in the world, more so in India.

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Warring Signals From Bihar’s Mahaghatbandhan

PATNA:  All is not well with JD (U)-RJD-Congress alliance in Bihar, though the RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav claims otherwise. Of late the signals emanating from the three camps suggest that bitterness is creeping into the ten month old honeymoon of the trio.

It all starts with the release of underworld don Mohammad Shahabuddin on September 10, this year. Swaggering out of jail after 11 years of incarceration, Shahabuddin mocked Nitish as a “CM of circumstances”.

Other leaders from RJD like Raghuvansh Prasad Sing took the cue. He said, “Lalu Prasad is our leader and there cannot be a debate on this. The leaders of the alliance partners decided on making Nitish Kumar the chief minister. I didn’t favour it.”

Curiously the Congress added the fuel to the RJD attack by throwing a challenge, that it is free to leave the government if it does not like Nitish Kumar’s leadership. Bihar education minister and Congress state chief Ashok Chaudhary also warned that the attack on Nitish was sending wrong signals. Offended in private, but putting up a brave face in public, Nitish said: “I don’t care what people think, let them say what they want. Everyone knows whom people have given the mandate. I have never reacted to such things.” He also pledged to oppose Shahabuddin’s bail order.

The attack has laid faulty lines between once bitter rivals Nitish and Lalu. Earlier, before the elections, RJD had opposed naming Nitish Kumar as the presumptive CM for their Mahaghatbandhan (Grand Alliance). RJD has suggested that a leader should only be picked after the elections.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had intervened at that time and had ensured that Nitish Kumar led the alliance forward. RJD has won more seats than Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) in the assembly elections.

Following this Lalu Prasad Yadav has announced that all was well with the ruling alliance. He blamed the media for creating differences between them and also said, “I don’t know why Raghuvansh Singh keeps issuing these kind of statements despite advising him not to do so”. He also added, “I will talk to all the leaders why they keep on issuing press statements against each other”.  

The arch common rival to the trio, BJP merrily watching the developments.

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Dates set for Bihar poll battle

Bihar, where stakes are high for BJP and regional parties, is going to polls in five phases between October 12 and November 5, the much-awaited announcement from the Election Commission of India said on Wednesday. Polling will be held on October 12, 16 and 28 and on November 1 and 5. Results will be out on November 8.

A unique feature of the election is the electronic voting machines will display the photographs of candidates contesting the poll to avoid confusion among voters as many contestants may have similar names. The Bihar Assembly has 243 seats and its term will end on November 29.

Bihar has turned out to be a personal and political battle ground between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, thanks to their ego clashes. Once good friends, they tuned bitter foes when Nitish started challenging Modi over his premiership claim and anointment as PM before the parliamentary elections. Nitish Kumar’s open confrontation with Modi came to a head when he severed his Janata Dal (United)’s 17-year-old relationship with BJP in June 2013. But he bit the dust in last year’s general election when the saffron party routed JD (U).

Buoyed up by the unexpected windfall – BJP got 22 seats while the JD (U) 2 – Modi wants to repeat the feat in the Assembly polls whereas Nitish Kumar, seeking a third term, is fighting his beta noire with his back to the wall. His much talked about alliance with former chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal) and some other fringe parties may not help him to pull the rabbit out of the hat. To add to Nitish’s woes, Samajwadi Party’s Mulayam Singh Yadav and National Congress Party’s Sharad Pawar have broken away from anti-NDA alliance. Leftists, though not a force to reckon with, too are going separate ways. Thus a split vote and opposition to Lalu-Nitish combine is expected to give BJP the poll victory on a platter.

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Hungama in store for the Winter Session

  • Winter session starts on a poignant note
  • Members expect a lot of hungama in coming days
  • BJP geared up for a cake walk

(P Ravi)

New Delhi, November 24: The Winter Session of Parliament started today with the swearing in of new members like Pritham Munde from Maharashtra and Tej Pratap Singh from Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister introduced the members with new portfolios following which the house condoled the demise of former Union Minister Murali Deora (who died this morning) and the recent deaths of former members Hemendra Chandra Singh and Kapil Krishna Thakur. The house also expressed its condolences to the victims of floods in Jammu & Kashmir and Hudhud cyclone before adjourning it to the next day.

This session is bound to be interesting considering that the opposition parties are geared up to corner Narendra Modi government even as BJP is confident with the recent victories it has tasted across India. Important legislations like GST bill, Insurance Act amendment bill and the Lokpal Bill amendments are lined up for the session and the PM has appealed for co-operation from other members; but going by the mood of the opposition, it is going to be quite contrary scenario.

Janata Dal (United) lawmaker KC Tyagi anticipates a lot of hungama. “We along with parties such as Trinamool, CPM and others will oppose the Insurance Bill,” he said after attending an all-party meeting in Delhi on Sunday.

According to him Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and Janata Dal (Secular) of HD Deve Gowda – will be on a common platform.

However, Congress party may be singing a different tune in this issue. “We will decide when the bill comes to the floor of the House,” said Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, refusing to divulge Congress’ stand on the bill.

Trinamool Congress, which is already at loggerheads with Modi led BJP and skipped the all-party meet, after engaging in a war of words, is hoping to find support from other parties in raising the issue of black money. This has also been a key campaign issue forBJP.

The areas of contention that the opposition is bound to seek clarity on may include government’s stand on hate speeches in connection with the rising number of communal flare-ups across the country, proposed changes in the land acquisition bill and the MNREGA, both landmark legislations passed during the UPA government’s tenure.

At the all-Party meet on Sunday Venkaiah Naidu gave details of 37 bills on the government’s agenda including the bills for introduction and those for consideration and passage. The bills relate to a series of issues including promotion of investments, improving ease of doing business, cooperatives, strengthening of regional rural banks, higher education, imposing stiffer penalties on hijackers, replacing coal ordinance and promoting ethical practices in bio-medical and health research on humans.

He said, “Parliament needs to send out a right message through appropriate legislations in the context of enhanced global interest in economic development of the country”.

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