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Thursday , May 4 , 2017

BJP for Vadra-like probe on Lalu

Kishanganj, May 3: The BJP state working committee meet today adopted a resolution demanding a judicial commission to probe what it called " benami property worth over Rs 1,000 crore" of RJD chief Lalu Prasad's family.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had told The Telegraph yesterday that he had the blessings of the party's central leadership and the full support of the state unit on the issue which he has raised single-handedly.

"The way Haryana government constituted Justice Dhingra Commission for probing the land issue related to Robert Vadra, in Bihar too a similar probe should be initiated against the benami property of Lalu's family," read the resolution adopted on the concluding day of the meet.

Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai said: "Our party workers will protest across the state in May and June on this issue and all other corruption-related issues." The toppers' scam and paper leak scandal would be among the "other" issues, he added.

The BJP also vowed to fight the perception that the party is anti-reservation, something that pundits feel proved to be its undoing in the Bihar Assembly elections in 2015.

The party plans to tell people how the Grand Alliance constituents blocked in the Rajya Sabha a bill to give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes.

"We stand for continuity of giving reservation to the backward classes and wanted the commission to be accorded constitutional status, but those who claim to be saviours of the backward classes scuttled our move," Rai said. "We will expose these parties before the people."

Rai also highlighted what he called the rising crime graph, unemployment, neglect of the agriculture sector and failure of the state government to provide land for various projects sanctioned by the Centre. He, however, was cautious while replying to a query about illegal migration from across the border.

"We have a very cordial relationship with Bangladesh now and the central government has taken various steps which have almost checked illegal migration in the area," Rai said.

Those who had already crossed illegally into India in the past are a problem and should be identified, he added.

The BJP will organise a regional meet of its office-bearers in Kishanganj on May 15 and 16 during which cattle smuggling in the region will be discussed, he said.

Rai also said the BJP favouring simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections was not part of any plan to topple any state government before end of term. The BJP, he claimed, was supporting the idea for the sake of the country as conducting general and Assembly elections at different times was hurting development and adding to expenditure on elections.

BJP state unit in-charge Bhupendra Yadav addressed the concluding session of the working committee meet.

Temple politics

Union minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh raked up a controversy when he claimed the Nitish Kumar government was not allowing people to offer prayers at the Kali temple in the Kalu Chowk area of Kishanganj. He made the claim after offering prayers at the temple.

Kishanganj district magistrate Pankaj Dikshit, however, said: "We have imposed a status quo at the temple by not allowing any construction there as it has come up on government land. People are free to offer prayers."

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