Raids on Chidambaram, Lalu houses; Opposition cries vendetta

May 17, 2017, 00:46
Raids on Chidambaram, Lalu houses; Opposition cries vendetta

In the other case, the Income Tax Department conducted raids at 22 places in and around Delhi in connection with alleged "benami" property deals allegedly to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore involving RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

"Tell me all educated illiterates which are the 22 locations where raids have been conducted?" Raids will also be conducted at the premises of RJD MP PC Gupta's and other entrepreneurs.

In a challenge, Lalu cautioned the BJP saying, "I am not scared of the BJP". Officials said a team of 100 I-T officials and policemen were carrying out the searches.

Earlier in the day, the RJD vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh also attacked Modi and the NDA government accusing them of harassing Lalu for political vendetta and weaken his bid to unite secular forces ahead of the 2019 polls.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the BJP-led central government of practising "vendetta politics" against opposition leaders. He also demanded the Election Commission to take appropriate deed against her. The land deals being investigated are worth Rs 1,000 crore. The BJP would like to ask the likes of Sharad Yadav and Sitaram Yechury what they have to say about the corruption scandals that are being unearthed nearly on an every day basis.

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Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday demanded that the Nitish Kumar government order a probe into the allegations of "shady land deals" against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and his family members.

"What Lalu ji meant was the BJP has got new alliance partners like Income Tax and the CBI", clarified RJD national spokesperson Manoj Jha, adding that there was no threat to the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government. The Law now is taking its course and this should be welcomed, ' said Manjhi.

Bihar's biggest shopping mall spread over 7.5 lakh square feet is coming up in Patna as part of such dubious transactions, he had alleged at a news conference.

"The Government, using the CBI and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends.The Government's aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of Opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organisations", he said. He said JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury should respond to these charges against Prasad and his family members.

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