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BJP says Lalu, Cong helped Koda; RJD chief rubbishes charge

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 22:21

New Delhi: BJP on Thursday accused RJD chief Lalu
Prasad and Congress of helping former Jharkhand Chief Minister
Madhu Koda allegedly amass black money, a charge rubbished as
"ridiculous" by the RJD supremo.

"The probe agencies should now also focus on former
Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress as they
are equally responsible for the black money earned by Koda,"
BJP national Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters
here.

When contacted, Prasad said, "I don`t pay any
attention to such irresponsible statements by BJP leaders who
have always tried to tarnish my image and falsely implicated
me in the multi-crore rupees fodder scam. It is ridiculous."

Naqvi said if the ambit of the ongoing investigations is
broadened, then the role of Prasad, Congress and "some others"
would come out in the open.

When reminded that Koda was a Mines Minister in the Arjun
Munda government in Jharkhand, Naqvi said the BJP had removed
him when the party came to know that he was involved
in alleged corrupt practices.

"But Congress made him the Chief Minister," he added.

The RJD chief said, "If BJP is at all interested in a
probe, Munda should also be brought under the scanner as under
him Koda was a minister and had supported and saved his
government."

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 22:21

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