Lalu compares frequent train derailments to Nitish’s political somersaults
“Jaise ‘paltu ram’ (political turncoat) Nitish Kumar ulatta hai, waise train bhi ulat raha hai (like Nitish Kumar, trains are also overturning),” Prasad said.india Updated: Sep 10, 2017 17:29 IST
RJD chief Lalu Prasad launched a twin attack on the Centre and the Bihar government when he compared the recent train mishaps in the country to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s political somersaults to stay in power.
Talking to a TV channel on board a train to Bhagalpur, Prasad said, “Jaise ‘paltu ram’ (political turncoat) Nitish Kumar ulatta hai, waise train bhi ulat raha hai (like Nitish Kumar, trains are also overturning).”
Sympathising with train passengers, Prasad said he had boarded the locomotive to see how trains were getting derailed so frequently these days.
This year, at least eight train derailments have been reported. Prasad was the railway minister between 2004 and 2009.
The RJD leader had on Saturday boarded the Danapur-Bhagalpur Intercity Express for Bhagalpur, where he will address an anti-corruption rally on Sunday.
Prasad cautioned that the Srijan scam, in which Rs 1,300 crore was allegedly embezzled, was no ordinary one. He alleged that both Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi were involved in it.
Prasad said the BJP always knew about it. “Nitish made a somersault and ditched the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) to stitch an alliance with the BJP within two hours of Amit Shah (BJP president) showing him the scam papers at a farmhouse in Mehrauli (Delhi),” he said.
Interestingly, even as Prasad projected himself to have taken up cudgels against corruption, his son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and he had decided to ignore the initial CBI summons in the IRCTC hotels-for-land scam. The CBI had summoned both on September 11 and 12, respectively, but the two had cited prior political commitments and sought more time.
The RJD chief has been attacking the Nitish Kumar government on the Srijan scam as the NDA was in power for a major part of the scam period (2004-13). Sushil Modi was the finance minister of Bihar from 2005 to 2013.
Kumar has, however, distanced himself from the scam, with his party JD(U) insisting that the scam broke out (in 2004) when the RJD was in power. The CM, who recommended a CBI probe into the scam on August 17, has also reaffirmed his zero tolerance on corruption.
Lalu, however, questioned why the CBI had yet not instituted cases against Kumar and Modi in the Srijan scam.
The Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti, an NGO based in Bhagalpur, that provided vocational training to women, has been accused of swindling funds from the Bhagalpur district administration’s account for various welfare schemes.
The scam came to light on August 4 after a government cheque of Rs 270 crore was dishonoured due to insufficient fund. The cheque was meant to be paid to farmers in lieu of their land for a power plant.