Sushil Modi Tries to Turn the Table on Lalu Prasad Yadav

BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi holding a press conference in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday said that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav had offered his help in bringing down the Mahagathbandhan government of which he was a part of if the BJP was willing to drop all charges against him in the fodder scam case.

Speaking at a press conference, Modi said that Yadav sent his emissary Prem Chand Gupta to meet with senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley at a time when RJD and JD-U, along with the Congress Party, were part of the so-called Grand Alliance with Nitish Kumar being the Chief Minister of Bihar.

During this meeting, Gupta told Jaitley that the RJD chief was willing to topple his own government led by Nitish Kumar and his son Tejaswi Yadav, who was the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar at the time, along with his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav who was the state Health Minister, if the BJP would drop all the cases related to fodder scam against him.

Modi said that Jaitley rejected Yadav's offer saying the cases against him were under litigation and BJP had nothing to do with it.

"Jaitley said that the cases against him were in the hands the CBI and various courts and the justice would take its course. The government had nothing to do with it," he said adding Lalu Prasad Yadav had a history of bashing BJP but he had no qualm in seeking its help when it suited his own purpose.

As reported previously, Yadav, in his autobiography, has recently stated that Nitish Kumar, just months after going back to the NDA in 2017, had sent his men to him requesting him to take him back in the Grand Alliance.

Kumar and his political strategist Prashant Kishor have denied the assertion just as Yadav's son on Wednesday denied Modi's allegation that his father sought freedom from his legal troubles in exchange for him engineering the collapse of the Grand Alliance government in Bihar.

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