Lalu bats on front foot – Calcutta Telegraph

Patna, May 14: RJD chief Lalu Prasad today demanded in public that the Prime Minister dissolve Parliament, and gave a dressing down to a police officer in private over torching of Dalit houses in Buxar, making it clear that he was not going to be cowed down by the BJP’s concerted campaign against him.

Narendra Modi is conspiring to change the Constitution and the Prime Minister wants to finish off the regional political parties ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Lalu alleged at a news meet at his 10 Circular Road residence.

“I dare Narendra Modi to dissolve Parliament and go for fresh elections along with the states where polls are due,” he thundered.

He accused the Prime Minister of hampering the federal structure of the nation, and cheating the youth by not creating jobs.

“The only work Modi has done is to give benefits to people like Ambani and Adani,” Lalu said. “They are the people who have got the maximum benefit from the Modi government. What happened to his promise to give Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of every Indian? What happened to the promise of bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks within 100 days? Did your demonetisation stop stone pelting and curb the menace of Naxalism?

“Nothing happened,” he declared. “The Modi government is a failure on all fronts.

“He (Modi) is telling his MPs to become Hanuman and he wants to become Lord Ram. This is the way he is treating his MPs and wants them to hold his feet for the rest of their life like servants. He has become a dictator and wants to run the country on his whims and fancies,” Lalu said. “Our soldiers’ heads are being chopped off, what is he doing except giving big speeches?”

It was the RJD chief’s first news conference after the BJP offensive – allegation after allegation over his family’s properties – began.

Lalu claimed there was no basis in the allegations and everything was legal.

“There is no company by the name of Mishail,” Lalu said about allegations that his eldest daughter, Misa Bharti, had bought a farmhouse in New Delhi and runs a company named Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited.

“The BJP is targeting those leaders who are not bowing down in front of them and there are news channels that are indulging in character assassination. Misa has not hidden any information in her election affidavit. She has clearly mentioned everything in her affidavit under the section ‘Shares in Indian Company’,” he claimed.

“It is not your concern if anyone has donated or given anything on his own,” Lalu said, referring to allegations that his family members had amassed property from poll-ticket seekers.

He announced that he will be holding a massive rally in Gandhi Maidan on August 27 in which all like-minded political parties would be invited.

“The country is fed up of Modi and there is anger among the people,” he stressed.

Later, he tweeted: “BJP says dey wil jail me asap so our proposed 27th Aug Maha-Rally can’t tk place.Haha.My name is Lalu& I pity 4 such intimidators.”

Call to cop

Narendra Kumar Sinha, the Dhansoi police station house officer (SHO) in Buxar district, got a call from the RJD chief on Sunday expressing displeasure over police inaction after Dalits’ houses were torched at Chhatu village of the district two days ago.

Lalu is learnt to have told the SHO he would not be spared if he tried to shield those involved in harassing the Dalits.

“It’s not your job to cast aspersions on any politician without any reason,” Lalu is also learnt to have told the SHO.

A group of around 50 people belonging to the Musahar community met Lalu today in the capital to lodge their protest over alleged inaction against the Chhatu culprits. One of them had called up the SHO, telling him that they would meet the RJD chief.

The SHO lost his cool and is learnt to have told the caller: “It doesn’t matter whether you meet Lalu or Manjhi (former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi).”

Lalu became furious when he came to know, and called up the SHO. The RJD chief also asked Buxar superintendent of police Upendra Sharma, district magistrate Raman Kumar, and an official of the CID (weaker section) to initiate action against the SHO, sources said.

“Yes, I received a call from Lalu ji around 11am,” Dhansoi SHO Sinha told The Telegraph. “I apprised him that eight persons have already been arrested in the case and raids were on to nab others involved. FIRs have been lodged by both sides.”

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