Tejashwi on the CBI indictment against Lalu Prasad

A day after the CBI filed an indictment against his father, Lalu Prasad, and mother, Rabri Devi, in connection with alleged land-for-railway job fraud, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said on Saturday that constitutional institutions were constantly “abused.” and that such “drama” would continue into the polls in 2024. He made the remarks while speaking to reporters after arriving in the state capital, where the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) held its national executive session on Sunday and will hold a national assembly on Monday.

When asked about filing an indictment, Bihar’s deputy prime minister said, “What’s new about that?” Yadav called it a mere “procedure” and said such things happen when the BJP “loses.” “Now the Nitish Kumar-led Mahagathbandhan has been established, the BJP is nowhere, there are by-elections in two places so the indictment had to come. What’s the big deal?” By-elections will be held on November 3 in two seats – Mokama and Gopalganj – of Bihar. “An indictment was also filed against me. There’s nothing to it. Until constitutional institutions are abused, such cases will be there,” Yadav said.

“The CBI and the ED are there in the other case, in this case only the CBI is there, now the ED will come too, they will investigate and make an indictment. Even children will tell you that by the 2024 election, this drama will continue,” Bihar Deputy CM said. The CBI on Friday filed an indictment against former railway minister Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and 14 others linked to alleged appointments to Railways in exchange for land gifted or sold to his family, officials said.

In the indictment, filed here in a CBI special court, the agency also named Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti, former Central Railways general manager Sowmya Raghvan, former Railways CPO Kamal Deep Mainrai, seven deputy-appointed aspirants and four private individuals. Regarding the RJD National Executive and Congress, Yadav said it was previously proposed and planned. Sources said political and economic resolutions will be passed here during the RJD’s two-day key meetings.

When asked if Bihar RJD chief Jagdanand Singh was reportedly upset with the party leadership, Yadav said he was being spoken to. Yadav criticized the BJP for attacking the RJD for allegedly angering Singh, saying: ‘Can they speak positively or about real issues? People are very interested in my house. They should say the government is working well, they can’t fault it because the government is doing a great job.”

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