Bi­hAr’s modi Un­veils lAlU leelA

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

Are RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and mem­bers of his fam­ily among the rich­est land hold­ers in the coun­try? Yes, if you are ready to be­lieve Bi­har’s Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Sushil Kumar Modi.

Sushil Modi, who has made this star­tling claim in his new 198-page book Lalu Leela, told The Sun­day Guardian that the Lalu fam­ily had “il­le­gally” amassed prop­er­ties to be­come the owner of “141 land plots, 30 flats and half-a-dozen houses” in Bi­har and other states.

Union Min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad re­leased the book, which is a com­pi­la­tion of facts men­tioned by the Regis­trar of Com­pa­nies about the 10 “sham” com­pa­nies with which Lalu’s sons and daugh­ters were as­so­ci­ated. This is Sushil Modi’s sec­ond book. His first book, Beech Sa­mar Mein ( In the Mid­dle of War), was re­leased two years ago and cen­tred on his im­pris­on­ment dur­ing the Emer­gency.

Sushil Modi says that Lalu started his jour­ney from a chaprasi (peon) quar­ters and went on to get con­victed in four cases of the Rs 1,000-crore fod­der scam. Lalu is cur­rently ad­mit­ted to the Rajendra In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences in Ranchi un­der po­lice cus­tody.

Sushil Modi wants to know, “How come Lalu’s 29-year-old son Te­jashwi Yadav has be­come the owner of over 20 prop­er­ties? The fam­ily had no an­ces­tral land. Te­jashwi re­mained un­suc­cess­ful in cricket. An­other son Tej Pratap (a for­mer min­is­ter) also owns 28 prop­er­ties and daugh­ter Misha Bharti, 23 prop­er­ties. Lalu’s wife and for­mer Bi­har Chief Min­is­ter Rabri Devi also owns 43 plots and over 30 flats.”

RJD na­tional vice-pres­i­dent Shivanand Te­wary, how­ever, laughs and says, “Why did Bi­har’s Ch­hota Modi have to write a book to tell the gist of his 40-odd press con­fer­ences. The BJP lead­er­ship is afraid of Lalu Prasad’s huge po­lit­i­cal sta­tus in Bi­har and that is why it leaves no op­por­tu­nity to dis­credit him.”

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