Nitish an opportunist, conspired with BJP to frame my family: Lalu Prasad

Ranchi, July 27 : RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday called former ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a “big opportunist” for dumping the Grand Alliance and reiterated that the JD-U chief was facing a murder charge and should resign.

Addressing the media after Nitish Kumar took oath as Chief Minister at the head of a JD-U-BJP government, Lalu Prasad accused Nitish Kumar of “conspiring” with the BJP to get graft cases filed against his family by central investigation agencies.

Lalu Prasad also said that he was planning to approach the Supreme Court to appeal against the Governor’s decision not to invite the RJD.

“Nitish Kumar has cheated the people of Bihar. I charge that he (Nitish Kumar) colluded with the BJP to file CBI cases against me and my family,” Lalu Prasad told reporters here after appearing before a CBI court in a fodder scam case.

He said that BJP leader Sushil Modi, who was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister, was asked to run a campaign to damage the image of his family members.

The CBI, ED and the Income Tax department have filed cases of corruption against the family members of Lalu Prasad, including his wife Rabri Devi, his youngest son Tejashwi Yadav, who was Bihar Deputy Chief Minister until Wednesday, and daughter Misa Bharti.

Describing Nitish Kumar as ‘Bhasmasur’, Lalu Prasad said, “I made him the Chief Minister despite my party being the single biggest party in the state.

“I was not selfish,” he said.

“When I was facing allegations, Nitish Kumar never called me or showed any sympathy. Friends are known to be sympathetic during tough times, but Nitish Kumar never paid heed towards me,” he claimed.

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