NDA Leaders Dub Lalu as the 'Protector and Beneficiary' of Sand Mafia

BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi (file photo).

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Patna: NDA leaders in Patna on Thursday slammed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for today's Bihar bandh saying the protest was organized to protect the 'Sand Mafia' of which Lalu Prasad Yadav is the leader and his family members the direct beneficiaries of it.

"Today's bandh had nothing to do with the building or construction industry. It was organized to protect the leader of the Sand Mafia, that is Lalu Prasad Yadav. None of the children of Lalu and Rabri has ever held a job in their lives or ran a legitimate business. It is obvious where their money is coming from," said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

Talking to the media, JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar insisted that the RJD was up in arms as it was heading the sand mafia in Bihar.

"The Chief Secretary, after the High Court order, has already announced the withdrawal of the new policy and continuance of the existing policies so what was the point of today's protest? It is clear that the goal of today's bandh was to disrupt normal life in Bihar and to promote the leadership of Tejaswi Yadav for future elections while also protecting the sand and mining mafia that goes hand in glove with the Lalu family," Kumar said.

BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav said today's event was a stark reminder of the famous jungle raj during the Lalu-Rabri regime as the only language the RJD knew was the language of lawlessness.

JD-U leader RCP Singh said today's bandh was a sign of great frustration on Lalu Prasad Yadav's part who still has not gotten over the loss of power in Bihar when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar pulled out of the Grand Alliance last July essentially killing the 'livelihood' of Yadav's two sons.

"Lalu Prasad Yadav is going through a phase of extreme frustration and he is using his two sons to promote his own political agenda. Through bandh, he is trying to scare the people. Moreover, it was a clear attempt to send a strong message to the Sikhs all over the world that they better not risk visiting Patna Saheb, the birthplace of Guru Govind Singh, if they cared about their well-being," Singh said.

Another JD-U spokesperson Sanjay Singh said today's bandh was an attempt by Lalu and company to create an environment of extreme confusion before a CBI court in Ranchi delivers its verdict on the fodder scam this Saturday, December 23.

BJP state President and Health Minister Mangal Pandey, also joining the anti-RJD chorus, put the blame for the death of a sick woman being brought to Patna from Hajipur squarely on the shoulder of Yadav and his two sons.

"The family of the dead woman should take Yadav and his party to the court because only they are responsible for this tragic death," Pandey said.

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