Free Press Journal

BJP asks Nitish to act against Lalu



New Delhi : The BJP on Saturday asked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to break his “eloquent silence” and take action against his ally Lalu Prasad over the purported telephonic conversation the latter had with jailed gangster Mohammad Shahabuddin.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the RJD chief of breaking law by “shamelessly” hobnobbing with a man convicted of murder and accused in over 30 serious cases, saying the development was text book case of constitutional impropriety. Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai demanded Kumar’s resignation, saying the report has exposed the criminal- government nexus in Bihar.

Prasad used the occasion to take a swipe at the opposition parties over their attempts to forge unity against the ruling BJP.

A news channel on Saturday played purported telephonic conversation between Lalu and Shahabuddin, a four-time Lok Sabha MP and senior office bearer of the RJD, in which the Siwan leader is heard complaining against the local SP and asking him to take action. The RJD chief is then heard asking an aide to connect him to the SP, Prasad alleged.–PTI