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New Delhi: Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD Chief and the former Chief Minister of Bihar got entangled yet again in a controversy when BJP alleged that he was acting as the ‘proxy’ leader and (mis)using his son’s political power.

The matter came up to light when Dr Sriram Singh, a civil surgeon wrote a letter to the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital’s (DMCH) medical superintendent to reinstate recently removed Mamata staff workers. Singh alleged said that Lalu had instructed for reinstating the workers.

Earlier, Lalu made a surprise inspection to the Patna’s Indira Gandhi Medical Institute.

Notably, Tej Pratap, Lalu’s son, is the Health Minister of Bihar.

It might be mentioned that Lalu Prasad Yadav was barred from contesting polls for 11 years following his alleged involvement in the fodder scam. This order also prohibits him to have a direct say in the government’s official work.

Following the landslide victory of the RJD-JD(U) in the recent Bihar assembly polls, it was obvious that the former Bihar CM would greatly influence the functioning of the government.

It was undeniable that it was the shrewdness of the RJD leader that helped Nitish become the Chief Minister of Bihar. However, it was expected that Lalu would control the reins indirectly. Nitish giving prized ministerial portfolios to Lalu’s sons was an indication that Bihar was again coming under the control of the RJD stalwart.

Lalu’s new avatar of unauthorised entry into the administrative works gave the BJP to go for an outright attack on the state’s government. BJP had been vehement in their attack on the government claiming that this Lalu-Nitish regime would be  ‘Jungleraj 2’.

With the gruesome murder of a policeman in Vaishali district last week, BJP’s allegation seems to have some potential.

With the RJD supremo wielding his illegitimate supremacy in Bihar, it is the people of Bihar who feels cheated. They might be regretting voting for the grand alliance rather than BJP who promised of a change and “achhe din”.

Political pundits opine that Lalu and his partymen have been blinded by the power. There was a time when everyone thought that the ban on Lalu would end his political career. But the comeback proved them all wrong.

Lalu’s antics would not only hurt the sentiments of the voters but would also hand a weapon to the BJP leaders who are ready to unleash an attack to topple the government.

Lalu tried to do the same when his wife Rabdi Devi became the CM of Bihar. Nitish should remember the attitude of his present ally whom he had booted out earlier.

The nightmare that the Lalu-Nitish liaison would not work out seems to be coming true with both the leaders differing in their opinion on the Pathankot attack.

It will be BJP who would be in the driver’s seat when the wheels of the new government come off.

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Saw AAP MLAs Assaulting Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement

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The AAP had denied the charges of assault and said that the Chief Secretary was making allegations at the behest of the BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.

On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.

ALSO READ: The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.

According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.

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According to the statement, Jain also saw that the Chief Secretary’s spectacles had fallen to the ground and the Chief Secretary picked them up and left the room. Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.

The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.

Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.

“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.

The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.

Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.

The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.

According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.

“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.

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Singh said that the whole issue was a conspiracy to “bring down the Delhi government” and to “defame the AAP”. Wikimedia Commons

 

“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.

Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.

“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.

The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.

ALSO READ: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.

Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.

The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.

The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)