Pressure mounts on Nitish Kumar to sack Lalu’s sons
New Delhi/Patna: Pressure is mounting on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to sack Lalu Prasad’s sons Tejashvi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav from the Cabinet. With the CBI interrogating them for several hours together, Nitish may have to think of removing both of them from his cabinet.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party today asked Nitish Kumar to break his silence on the CBI raids on RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s residence and other places in a case relating from his time as Railway Minister and demanded both his sons be axed from the ministry.
Former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi demanded Lalu Prasad’s younger son Tejaswi Yadav be sacked as Deputy Chief Minister and Tej Pratap Yadav as Health Minister, while Union Minister Giriraj Singh said that Nitish Kumar would have to stop behaving like a “mauni baba”.
“Now it is high time Nitish Kumar breaks his silence,” said Modi, who has welcomed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids on Lalu Prasad’s residence and 12 other places over a fresh case of alleged irregularities in awarding tender for the maintenance of hotels.
He noted that it was Nitish Kumar, who had raised this corruption case first time in 2008.
The CBI carried out raids at 12 places in Patna, Delhi, Ranchi, Puri and Gurugram in connection with the case involving Lalu Prasad and his family members.
Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar also told the media here that Nitish Kumar should act against Lalu Prasad’s two sons.
The CBI has registered the case against Lalu Prasad, his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, Tejaswi Yadav, former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal, and Lalu Prasad’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta’s wife Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006.
In the same year, the hotels were transferred to the IRCTC.
Lalu Prasad was the Railways Minister between 2004-09.