Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi has accused RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav of trying to topple the newly-elected Nitish Kumar government in Bihar by poaching NDA MLAs.
While making the allegations, Sushil shared a mobile number and said the jailed leader was making telephonic calls using the number to NDA MLAs and trying to lure them by offering ministerial berths in the Mahagathbandhan government.
He tweeted: “Lalu Yadav making telephone call (8051216302) from Ranchi to NDA MLAs & promising ministerial berths. When I telephoned, Lalu directly picked up. I said don’t do these dirty tricks from jail, you will not succeed.”
Sushil also released an audiotape allegedly featuring a conversation between Lalu and Lallan Paswan, the RLSP MLA from Chenari constituency, asking him not to vote in the Speaker’s election.
In the audio, Lalu asks Paswan to support his party during the Speaker’s election. The RJD leader adds he will make sure the Nitish Kumar government falls and that Paswan is given a ministerial berth in the Grand Alliance cabinet.
When the RLSP MLA says he could not go against the party, Lalu urges him to be absent from the Assembly on the day of election.
Lalu is currently serving a jail term after being sentenced by a special CBI court in the fodder scam. However, he is spending his time in a bungalow allotted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences director in Ranchi.
The RJD leader was moved to the bungalow from the hospital in a bid to apparently save him from the coronavirus. Earlier, he was lodged at the Hotwar Central Jail.
It was Sushil on whose plea Patna High Court had ordered the handing over of the fodder scam to the CBI.
In the recently concluded Bihar polls, the NDA, comprising the JD(U), BJP, Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha and the Vikassheel Insaan Party, secured a slender majority by winning 125 seats in the 243-member Assembly.
The Grand Alliance led by Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav clinched 110. The Grand Alliance is a conglomeration of the RJD, Congress and Left parties.