Modi Mocks Tejaswi for Pretending to Be Inspired by Karpoori Thakur

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi pays tribute to Karpoori Thakur (file photo).

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Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at a function to mark the death anniversary of former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur, took a shot at Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav saying while Thakur, at the time of his death, did not even own a brick house or a bank balance, the 28-year old son of Lalu Prasad Yadav was already an owner of more than 30 'benami' properties in Bihar and elsewhere.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, paying tribute to Thakur at the Bihar Industries Association (BIA) meeting hall in Patna on Sunday, said that it was ironical that someone who was barely 28 years old and had no experience in politics but was the owner of more than 30 properties acquired by illegal means was going around swearing by the name of a veteran socialist like Karpoori Thakur who did not own a concrete house or even a bank balance at the time of his death after being in politics for nearly 50 years.

"He talks about late Thakur as if he is a devout follower of the former Chief Minister's ideals when the facts say otherwise," he said.

Reacting to the RJD's outburst at the 6th India Field Regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Union Conference at Gyan Bhawan in Patna on Saturday that earned the rebuke of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Modi said that it was a classic case of 'chor ke darhi mein tinka' (guilty conscience reaction).

"I did not mention the name of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav but the RJD leaders were too quick to assume I was talking about him and why not? It is a fact that Yadav is a convict and is a jail bird," he said adding those who created ruckus in front of leaders from all the states should clarify whether Yadav was languishing in jail on corruption charges or was a 'satyagrah' prisoner.

"These people, after looting the state exchequer for 15 long years and pushing the state into an economic abyss, embarrassed Bihar once again yesterday when they created a scene before delegates from all states. People of Bihar will never forgive them," the Deputy Chief Minister said.

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