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Nitish Kumar back in Patna as demand for speaking out on Lalu raids grows

Rival party, BJP, has called for action against the RJD chief's two sons

IANS  |  Patna 

Nitish Kumar with Lalu Prasad Yadav

After spending three days in Rajgir, away from the capital where the political climate has heated up following raids on RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday returned to his official residence in Patna, officials said. "Nitish Kumar is back in after spending three days in Rajgir in Nalanda district," an official of the Chief Minister's Office here said. With Nitish Kumar back in Patna, now all eyes are on him to see when he will break his silence over the raids on RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family. So far Nitish Kumar, who is also president of JD-U, has maintained a studied silence on the raids on Lalu Prasad. "He may break his silence soon," a leader considered close to Nitish Kumar said. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) along with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Congress is part of the ruling alliance, headed by Nitish Kumar. In the last two days, opposition BJP leaders have repeatedly demanded Nitish Kumar break his silence and take action against Lalu's two sons - Tejashwi Yadav, who is Deputy Chief Minister and Tej Pratap Yadav, who is Health Minister -- for their alleged involvement in Some BJP leaders have demanded that Nitish Kumar should end his party's alliance with the RJD. According to leaders, during his stay in Rajgir, about 100 km from here, Nitish Kumar visited different tourist places. "On Saturday Nitish Kumar visited Ghora Katora and on Friday he visited another tourist place," a party official said. It is expected that the will react to the incident as per directives of Nitish Kumar. spokespersons are also keeping a distance from the media and have not reacted to the raids. "spokespersons are following instructions from Nitish Kumar and not saying anything on the issue," the party official said. The on Friday carried out raids at 12 places in Patna, Delhi, Ranchi, Puri and Gurugram in connection with the case involving Lalu Prasad and his family members. The has registered the case against Lalu Prasad, his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav, former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P K Goyal, and Lalu Prasad's confidante Prem Chand Gupta's wife on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. In the same year, the hotels were transferred to the IRCTC. Lalu Prasad was the Railways Minister between 2004-09.

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First Published: Sun, July 09 2017. 17:48 IST