Lalu's son Tejaswi Yadav stokes controversy by comparing Gaya road rage killing with Pathankot attack

Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Tuesday expressed grief over the recent death of a youth in Gaya in a road rage case but alleged BJP and 'BJP supported media' were targetting the state government through use of word like 'jungle raj.'

"The BJP and media supported by the party are advertising the Gaya incident in a way as if it is a rare and first incident of road rage," Tejaswi Yadav, the son of RJD president Lalu Prasad said in a statement as part of 'Dil ki Baat' programme run by him.

"If a relative of any accused is member of a party (it) does not mean that the lawbreaker enjoys protection of the power that be," he said.

The Deputy CM in the Nitish Kumar government and younger son of Lalu Prasad alleged that the saffron party has maximum numbers of people with criminal background who enjoy its patronage.

He listed a number of cases including January's Pathankot terror attack, in which seven security personnel were killed by Pakistani terrorists, to refute the opposition's charge that there was "jungle raj" in Bihar.

"Isn't raising of Pakistani flags in Kashmir valley an example of jungle raj? What about terrorists' attack on the IAF base at Pathankot, isn't that jungle raj," the son of RJD president Lalu Prasad said.

"In Madhya Pradesh an officer was killed brutally by sand mafias. In VYAPAM scam witnesses were killed one by one...then this is not called a 'jungle raj'," he said. "When an engineer was killed in Jharkhand neither conscience of BJP was pricked nor the BJP-supported media remembered 'jungle raj' jumla (euphism)," he added.

Tejaswi referred to violence during quota agitation in Gujarat and Haryana to hit at BJP.

The RJD leader came down heavily on a larger section of media, print as well electronic, "which is singing in tune with a particular party (BJP) after giving a go-bye to principles of journalism".

Tejaswi Yadav said "our supporters neither express opinion by sending SMS to prime time channel nor air views on facebook and twitter. They give answer only by pressing EVM button at the time of election."

He strongly defended the grand secular alliance government in the state and asserted rule of law prevails and would continue to be like that in future too.

Meanwhile, Rocky Yadav , the son of absconding JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi and RJD strongman Bindi Yadav, was on Wednesday remanded to two days of police custody.

Additional district and sessions Judge S K Jha accepted police's prayer seeking Rocky's custody.

The court had on Tuesday sent Rocky to 14 days' judicial custody.

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