Mudda speaker cites probable reason behind raking up of old cases against RJD chief

Saturday’s edition of Mudda looked at the rift between Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over Lalu’s son and Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav not resigning after the CBI filed a case against him for allegedly accepting bribes for allocation of IRCTC hotels.

Lalu said on Friday that Tejashwi will not resign. “The Vidhan Mandal of our party has taken a decision that Tejashwi Yadav will not resign.”

“An FIR is not sufficient reason for the resignation,” he added.

In the Arvind-hosted show the participants were SP spokesperson Anurag Bhadauria, RJD minister Ashok Singh, APN Consulting Editor Govind Pant Raju , BJP spokesperson KK Sharma, Congress spokesperson Shahzad Poonawala and JD (U) minister Prabhat Ranjan.

Ranjan opened the discussion, saying that the Nitish Kumar government works on the zero tolerance principle. “We will not tolerate any kind of corruption from anyone as it will create hindrances in the development of the state – Bihar.

“We are only demanding that the accused give proof of innocence. The RJD did not ask for the resignation of Tejashwi Yadav.”

Ranjan further said that the RJD should not boast about having 80 MLAs because the party won in the 2015 assembly elections because of its alliance with incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Poonawala confirmed that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had stepped in to mediate. “Not only Soniaji, even Nitish and Lalu are trying to resolve the issue.”

Poonawala also asked why the BJP is uprooting decade-old cases against Lalu. “This CBI raid clearly shows that the BJP is afraid of the rally which Lalu is expected to organise in August.”

He further said that only the media was creating a furore regarding the resignation of Tejashwi. “No party till today has issued any statement regarding the resignation. It is the media who are  poisoning the minds of the people by showing fake reports.”

Outraged by this statement, Raju said that if these parties are truly corruption-free then why were they silent on issues like the topper scam and the building of a mall in Bihar. “The media only shows the factual information, it is not the media who are posing questions related to the rift between the RJD and JDU, the parties themselves are giving statements.”
Ashok Singh commented that the Grand Alliance between the RJD and the JD (U) was made for the development and welfare of the people.

The second part of Mudda discussed the differences in the Samajwadi Party ahead of the presidential poll. Recently, SP President Akhilesh Yadav instructed party MLAs to vote for opposition candidate Meira Kumar while party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and brother Shivpal Yadav  have announced that they will  go in favour of NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

Bhadauria said there is no room for any sort of  debate and discussion as the decision taken by the president of the party prevails. “Our party will support Meira Kumar in the poll.”

Meanwhile, Poonawala laid stress on the “conscience vote” factor. “This presidential election is a fight of ideologies and not politics.”

Raju wrapped up the discussion, commenting that the statement issued by Shivpal to the media clearly showed that he is in no mood to support the party driven by his nephew, Akhilesh, and thus will vote for Kovind.

Compiled by Deepti Jain