Paswan asks Nitish to break silence on Lalu

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In a tweet soon after the Income Tax department sleuths raided his residence in New Delhi and Gurugram, Lalu tweeted, "I will not bow down". His statement came in response to senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi's repeated allegations of benami property against Lalu Prasad and his family members.

On the Centre not fulfilling its promise of giving Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar's development, he said that Nitish Kumar government was making such allegations to deflect people's attention to hide its failures.

The I-T department raids come after some BJP leaders alleged last week that Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons were involved in benami land deals to the tune of Rs1,000 crore.

Prasad rapped the BJP in yet another tweet for "sensing an opportunity to destabilise the Grand Alliance government in Bihar" and asserted that the coalition was "intact". His sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav are ministers in the government. He also asked the Election Commission to take action against Misa Bharti for not disclosing her property details in her election affidavit. "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.

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"We say, IT and CBI have now become BJP's new alliance partners as they are being used to intimidate arch rivals like Lalu Prasad and others".

Earlier, Modi had demanded a probe by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the connections between Lalu Prasad and his family with jailed businessmen brothers Surendra Jain and Virendra Jain. "There has been casual talk about it within the Janata Dal - U but so far no decision has been taken in this regard", party state President Vashisht Narayan Singh said.

These companies are owned by Lalu Prasad's family members for carrying out illegal land transactions and have no employees, no business activities and no turnover, he had claimed. "Whatever is happening today. sometimes with (Samajwadi Party leader) Akhilesh (Yadav), sometimes with (Odisha Chief Minister) Naveen Patnaik, sometimes with Laluji, Chidamabaram, (Delhi Chief Minister Arvind) Kejriwal", Mamata told reporters.

Except for cases of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd and KHK Holding Pvt Ltd, all other land deals of Prasad's family are in Bihar, the leader said.