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Sushil Modi mocks Tej Pratap Yadav for driving a rickshaw

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Sushil Kumar Modi today mocked for driving a rickshaw in his assembly constituency and charged Lalu Prasad's son with "cheating" the poor by getting photographed doing so while being in possession of costly cars and motorcycles.

Yadav, a former and elder son of Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi, had visited his assembly constituency Mahua, in district, yesterday.

Known for his earthy mannerisms which remind many of Prasad in his hey day, Yadav had driven the cycle rickshaw for some distance before stating "everybody should drive a rickshaw. It would come in handy at a time when fuel prices are soaring. The physical exertion involved would also bring health benefits".

Yadav had also hosted an event "Sattu with Tej Pratap" - apparently taking a cue from Narendra Modi's "chai pe charcha" - where his supporters were treated to a feast of roasted gram flour.

At one point, the mercurial leader complained of the sultry weather, undressed and started bathing at a roadside handpump with the remark "Mahua is my home and I have no reason to feel shame".

Reacting to the act, said in a tweet, without naming anybody "those owning a bike worth Rs 20 lakh and a car worth Rs 40 lakh, get themselves photographed while driving a rickshaw. They want to keep up their family business of cheating the poor people".

The Deputy CM, who is also a senior BJP leader, also made an oblique reference to the RJD's celebrations last week where Yadav had placed a silver crown on the of his younger brother

He also referred to "benami property worth millions" allegedly owned by the Lalu family, which is facing probes by agencies like the Income Tax department, the and the

JD(U) MLC and also said in a statement "the people of have had enough of the antics of They do not have the patience to put up with the farce of his son. If has any sense of honour, he should not continue to own his and motorcycle but donate these. After all, it is unlikely that he had bought these with his own earnings".

MP Rama Kishor Singh, who belongs to the Lok Janshakti Party, also reacted to the episode, saying "Tej should try to come up with some serious politics instead of seeking refuge in the mimicry of his father".

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 20:25 IST