Published On: Thu, Jul 27th, 2017

Lalu Yadav contemplating to move SC against Nitish Kumar’s coronation

Ranchi: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday said his party was consulting legal experts and may approach the Supreme Court as the verdict in the SR Bommai case has not been followed while inviting Nitish Kumar to form government in Bihar.

I made him the Chief Minister despite my party being the single biggest party in the state

“The SR Bommai case verdict clearly states that the largest party should be invited to form government. The majority is proved on the floor of the House. The RJD should have been invited. We have sought the opinion of Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani,” Lalu Prasad told reporters here on Thursday.

“We suspected foul play when Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was called to Patna on Wednesday. We were given time by Raj Bhawan at 11 am today by spreading the rumour that the oath taking ceremony is at 5 pm. But the oath ceremony was scheduled at 10 am.

“We had sought time to stake claim to form the government. When our leaders met the Governor on Wednesday night he told us that the letter of oath taking was given to Nitish Kumar. The SR Bommai case directive has been overlooked in the case,” Lalu Prasad said.

In the SR Bommai vs Union of India case in 1994, the Centre’s capacity to dismiss a state government was curbed as per constitutional necessities. The judgement laid down that the only way to resolve internal issues within a state’s administrative functioning would be by means of a floor test determining the support enjoyed by the party in power.

Lalu Prasad alleged that the entire political episode was fixed between the BJP and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar.

“The script was written six months ago. Nitish Kumar had met Narendra Modi and (BJP chief) Amit Shah. Nitish colluded with the BJP for my conviction in the fodder scam case.”

Lalu Prasad also alleged that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had “conspired” with the BJP to get graft cases filed against his family by central investigation agencies.

“Nitish Kumar has cheated the people of Bihar. I charge that he (Nitish Kumar) colluded with BJP to file CBI cases against me and my family,” Lalu Prasad told reporters after appearing before a CBI court here in a fodder scam case.

He said that Sushil Modi, who was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister, was asked to run a campaign to damage the image of his family members.

The CBI, ED and the Income Tax department have filed cases of corruption against the family members of Lalu Prasad, including his wife Rabri Devi, his youngest son Tejashwi Yadav, who was Bihar Deputy Chief Minister until Wednesday, and daughter Misa Bharti.

Describing Nitish Kumar as ‘Bhasmasur’, Lalu Prasad said, “I made him the Chief Minister despite my party being the single biggest party in the state.

“I was not selfish,” he said.

“When I was facing allegations, Nitish Kumar never called me or showed any sympathy. Friends are known to be sympathetic during tough times, but Nitish Kumar never paid heed towards me,” he claimed.

“Everything was fixed,” Lalu Prasasd said, adding, “He is a very big opportunist. The mandate we got was against the BJP and the RSS. We jointly made them return empty handed from Bihar (during the 2015 Assembly election).”

He also claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah were “jealous” of him. “They knew that my base is unshakable. I never gave Nitish Kumar any problems,” he added.



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