Nitish wears the crown, but Lalu rules Bihar: Paswan

RJD chief, kin involved in corrupt land deals, alleges Ravi Shankar
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12 May 2017

With Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav facing a barrage of criticism with his daughter Misa Bharti embroiled in a land scam, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan today questioned Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar`s silence over the accusations levied upon his alliance`s partner.
Taking a dig at Nitish, the LJP chief said that it doesn`t matter that the former is the state chief, as in reality it is Lalu Prasad who rules Bihar."At the time JD-U allied with the RJD we knew that future of Bihar is bleak.  The reality is that Nitish Kumar is wearing the crown of a chief minister but it is Lalu Prasad who is ruling and you can very well see the result of Lalu rule," said Paswan. Meanwhile, a leading English daily accessed papers that document land purchases in Delhi`s Tony Sainik farms and Bijwasan luxury farm enclave - two deals that point to alleged Misa Bharti is involved in money laundering matter on a massive scale.
Prasad`s daughter has bought almost seven acres of land worth Rs 100 crores for just about 1.4 crores through mysterious business entities that have allowed her to make huge profits at their expense. Meanwhile, the BJP today accused the RJD president, his MP-daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both Bihar government ministers, of being involved in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and asked the central government to probe one such transaction in Delhi. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that these transactions were a case of "quid pro quo" as they date back to the period when Lalu Prasad was the railway minister, and dared Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to take action against him. Lalu's official residence was the address of the owners of the firms allegedly floated by his family members, he said.
Addressing a press conference here, Prasad urged the Election Commission to act against Lalu's daughter Misa Bharti, saying she did not disclose the details of these assets in her Rajya Sabha election affidavit. It is a serious case of "misrepresentation" and has very grave implications, he said. Several suspect land deals took place in Bihar, he said, wondering if Kumar would invoke a special law enacted by his government in which assets acquired through illicit money are confiscated in this instance.
"The politics of Lalu Prasad has become politics of loot. Land worth crores of rupees was grabbed for a pittance," he said. This was "Vadra model of development", Prasad said, referring to dubious land deals allegedly involving Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. One such land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family members is in Bijwasan in Delhi, he said. "We expect the central government to take appropriate action," he added. All the companies owned by Prasad's family members for the purpose of these land transactions had no employees, no business activities and no turnover, the Union minister claimed. Bihar's biggest shopping mall spread over 7.5 lakh square feet is coming up in Patna as part of such dubious transactions, he said.
Taking a dig at Opposition parties over their efforts to unite, the law minister asked if their proposed alliance is meant to be a cover for corruption and if "rank corruption will be covered in the name of secularism". He said JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury should respond to these charges against Prasad and his family members.