Finally Lalu Yadav reaches CBI HQ

New Delhi, Oct 5: Lalu Prasad Yadav has reached the CBI Head Quarter in Delhi. He is appearing in connection with the Railway hotel tender case. The RJD supremo had ignored earlier summons. The CBI wants to question the former railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav for a contract given for the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels in 2006. Tejashwi is also made an accused in the CBI FIR pertaining to alleged corruption in the deal.

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The RJD on Wednesday charged the BJP-led government at the Centre of "harassing" its supremo Lalu Prasad and his son Tejaswi Yadav by implicating them in corruption cases because they are "carrying forward the work of uniting opposition parties ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls."

"Lalu Prasad and Tejaswi are not present in today's RJDLP meeting here. They are in Delhi where they are carrying forward the work of uniting opposition parties ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls," senior party leader Jagdanand Singh told reporters here.

"When the people are able to understand that their leaders are being harassed and victimized, their zeal does not diminish. During the Independence movement, the common people kept up the tempo even during phases when all the leaders were behind the bars. The masses will show their fighting spirit once again and we will defeat these forces in 2019," Singh claimed.

He said RJD will hold its national council meeting on November 20 when the party will elect its national president.

"An open session of the party will be held after the election under the leadership of its new president. However, the venue of the national council meeting and the open session has not yet been finalized," he added.

Asked whether the decision to elect a new RJD national president was taken in haste as there were fears that Lalu may soon have to go to jail, Singh rubbished the suggestion and said the announcement for it was made much before the Grand Alliance government in the state collapsed and the CBI was yet to come up with its FIR in the hotel scam.

News24Bureau with Agencies