Lalu Yadav Recalls Being ‘Lured’ by PM Modi’s ‘Rs15 Lakh Offer’

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Speaking at the Opposition meet, RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav also said that minorities are not safe in the country under the BJP government's rule and that the country ‘suffered’ because the Opposition parties were not united.

Team Clarion

MUMBAI — Speaking at the joint the press conference of INDAI alliance in Mumbai after the two-day Opposition Alliance meeting ended, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 2014 poll plank where he allegedly claimed to ‘deposit ₹15 lakh in each bank account’ from the ‘(black) money’ that had been allegedly deposited in large sums in Swiss Banks.

He said that PM Modi had lied about depositing the Rs 15 lakh in the accounts of the people. Lalu Yadav said, “I was also lured by the offer and opened a bank account along with my family.”

Taking a jibe at the Modi government the former Union minister and Bihar chief minister said, “You must recall how they (BJP-NDA) came to power by lying and spreading rumours. They took my name as well as that of several other leaders’ names that we have money in Swiss Banks. PM Modi said that he would come to power, get back money from Swiss Banks and deposit that money in the accounts of the people of the country. I too was lured by the offer…I didn’t do the kind of evil corruption that is being done & facilitated by Narendra Modi.”

He further said that minorities are not safe in the country under the BJP government’s rule and that the country ‘suffered’ because the Opposition parties were not united.

He further spoke about the exorbitant price of tomatoes under the Modi government’s rule. And taking a jibe at the Centre he said that the price of such a vegetable has gone up that does not even have taste. 

Lalu Yadav’s remark came days after he claimed that the Opposition INDIA bloc was ‘holding Narendra Modi by his throat’, ahead of leaving for the meeting in Mumbai. “Hum log Narendra Modi ka nareti pakde hue hain…nareti par chadhne jaa rahe hain (we are holding Narendra Modi by his throat, we are going to tighten our hold),” he told the reporters in Patna.

However, soon after, the BJP reacted to the statement and asked the RJD chief to not use foul language against any leader. — (With media inputs)

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