Why should my sons die in poverty, Lalu Yadav asks
I do not want my sons to die in poverty said former Bihar Chief Minister, Lalu Prasad Yadav. He was referring to the businesses that his sons Tej Pratap and Tejashwi Yadav were doing. Both have been accused by the BJP of corruption.
Tej Pratap and Tejashwi Yadav are two of three owners of two acres land on the outskirts of Patna, worth about 60 crores. The third owner is their mother, Rabri Devi. The land is being developed into Bihar'a biggest mall by a legislator from Lalu's party, which is a member of Nitish Kumar's coalition.
Lalu said that half of the share in the mall being built will be of the builder, while the remaining half will be that of the company.
BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi alleged last week that the land was illegally transferred to Lalu's family as a favour. In 2008, while he was the country's Railways Minister, an entrepreneur named Harsh Kochhar was given a 15-year-lease to run two hotels for the railways in Puri and Ranchi. But before this, he sold the two-acre plot in Patna to a company owned by the wife of an MP from Lalu's party named Prem Gupta.