A day after JD(U) asked Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav to come clean, he said there was no threat to the Grand Alliance in the state.
“The Grand Alliance is intact and will continue to run,” said Tejaswi Prasad after attending a cabinet meeting with Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) President Nitish Kumar.
Tejashwi, who is RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son, was named in a FIR filed by the CBI in land-for-hotel scam. Alleging financial irregularities, the CBI had conducted raids on Lalu and his family.
Tejashwi holds the portfolios of Road Construction, Building Construction and Backward and Extremely Backward Castes Welfare in Nitish’s cabinet.
On Tuesday JD(U) had held a crucial meet where Nitish decided to buy time and not call off the alliance with RJD just yet, even though Nitish reiterated that he had “zero tolerance” towards corruption. JD(U) had asked Tejahwi to “come out with the facts in public against the accusations.”
After the cabinet meet, Tejashwi took the opportunity to hit out at the BJP, calling the FIR against him as part of the “political vendetta.”
“The FIR (in land-for-hotels case) is part of a political vendetta. BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are conspiring against me and family members out of political reasons,” Yadav told reporters .
“Everybody knows that they (BJP) are afraid of Laluji. But, it was not known that they are afraid of even a youth of 28 years of age….Can you believe that a child of 14 years will indulge in corruption?” he said while calling the FIR as “farzi” (fake).
The FIR lodged by the CBI was in connection with a private party allegedly giving three acres of land in Patna to them in return of getting license to run two IRCTC hotels at Ranchi and Puri when Lalu Prasad was Railways minister. The incident is alleged to have happened in 2004.
Highlighting his good work and clean image as minister, he said “from the first day I entered office I have been adhering to zero tolerance to corruption and have not done anything wrong in dispensing the responsibility. When a man at the age of 28 is not indulging in any corruption, how can he indulge in corrupt practices at an age of 14?”
Yadav, who is also the leader of 80-member RJD legislature party, said BJP was after him because he had highlighted the prime minister’s “broken promises” to youths, farmers and workers and asserted that the RJD would not rest till they ousted the saffron party not only from Bihar but from the entire country.
(With inputs from PTI)