Lalu Takes Shot against Prohibition and NDA Leaders

RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav talking to reporters at his residence in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, soon after returning from Ranchi where he was to appear before a CBI court in connection with the fodder scam, called press reporters to his home to continue from where his son Tejaswi Yadav left yesterday during a similar press conference.

Repeating his son's accusations against his situational friend slash enemy Nitish Kumar, Yadav declared prohibition in Bihar had failed and bootleggers with a nod from the Chief Minister himself were making home deliveries of liquor bottles to those who were willing to pay the premium price for their love for alcohol.

"Government officials, and even school children are now working as agents of the liquor mafia in Bihar," Yadav, who is described by his opponents as the leader of the land mafia in Bihar, said. He also made direct accusation against JD-U Secretary General K C Tyagi of receiving kickbacks from liquor mafia while also accusing District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police (SPs) of extorting money from the bootleggers to avoid being arrested.

The RJD chief further accused the Chief Minister of being 'anti-dalit' who was opposed to reservation of any kind.

"Uday Narayan Chowdhary and Shyam Rajak were right when they said that quota in promotion was being scrapped under the Nitish administration and there was a proposal to introduce creamy layer in reservations for SCs and STs. Reservation for dalits is under attack and I am surprised that Nitish Kumar is silent on this issue. I have always known that he has been anti-reservation all along," he said.

Yadav, never shy to pull the caste card, then went on to blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being anti-Yadavs.

"Modi is anti-Yaduvanshis so I appeal to all Yadavs in Gujarat not to vote for the BJP in the state election," he said.

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