Patna, May 30: Bihar food and consumer protection minister Shyam Rajak today took a dig at RJD chief Lalu Prasad for dubbing him a bhagora (deserter).
Rajak, who was once described as the Hanuman of Lalu Prasad, left the RJD in 2009 to join hands with Nitish Kumar. He quit his seat in the Bihar Assembly which he had won on an RJD ticket.
During the recent national executive meeting of the RJD, Lalu had questioned Rajak’s claim that the government had purchased over 22 lakh tonnes of foodgrain from the farmers.
The RJD chief had even argued that the total milling capacity of rice mills in the state was just 10 lakh tonnes.
Today, Rajak reasserted that the state government had purchased 22.87 lakh tonnes of foodgrain from the farmers and pointed out that there were 1,091 rice mills with a capacity to mill over 40 lakh tonnes of foodgrains a year.
“If Laluji wants a detailed report, he can take it from my office. The Nitish Kumar government believes in honesty and transparency,” Rajak said, insisting that either Lalu was unaware of the facts or was trying to mislead the people on food procurement.