Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejaswi says FIR against him is 'political vendetta'

It was lodged in connection with a private party allegedly giving three acres of land in Patna to them in return for a licence to run two IRCTC hotels at Ranchi and Puri when Lalu Prasad was Railway minister

Tejaswi Yadav alleged that BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were conspiring against him and his family members out of political reasons. Pics/PTI
Tejaswi Yadav alleged that BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were conspiring against him and his family members out of political reasons. Pics/PTI

A day after JD(U) asked him to come clean, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav yesterday virtually ruled out his resignation, while dubbing the FIR registered against him under various anti-graft provisions as "political vendetta."

"The FIR (in land-for-hotels case) is part of a political vendetta. BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are conspiring against me and family members out of political reasons," Yadav told reporters after coming out of a cabinet meeting.

He said "Everybody knows that they (BJP) are afraid of Laluji. But, it was not known that they are afraid of even a youth of 28 years of age.

"Can you believe that a child of 14 years of age whose moustache has even not come will indulge in corruption?" he said and dubbed the FIR as "farzi" (fake).

The FIR was lodged in connection with a private party allegedly giving three acres of land in 2004 in Patna to them in return of getting licence to run two IRCTC hotels at Ranchi and Puri when Lalu Prasad was Railway minister.

Highlighting his good work and clean image as minister, he said, "From the first day I entered office I have been adhering to zero tolerance to corruption and have not done anything wrong in dispensing the responsibility. When a man at an age of 28 is not indulging in any corruption, how can he indulge in corrupt practices at an age of 14?"

Yadav said BJP was after him because he had highlighted the prime minister's "broken promises" to youths, farmers and workers, and asserted that the RJD would not rest till they ousted the saffron party not only from Bihar but from the entire country.

Yadav, who holds charge of Road Construction, Building Construction and Backward and Extremely Backward Castes Welfare, said "We'll go to the people of Bihar and tell them everything."

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