"People and businessmen connected to the land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family are being searched".
Just before she walked in for a 5 pm appointment with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sent a warm tweet of support today to Bihar politician Lalu Yadav, accused of proxy land deals worth Rs 1000 crore by Income Tax officials, who searched nearly 20 locations in Delhi and Gurgaon today in the case.
Reacting to the raids on Chidambaram and his son, the Congress said: "The truth is that revenge has become a DNA of the BJP".
Congress leader P.C. Mishra said the IT raids are nothing new against opposition leaders. Lalu's younger son Tejashwi Yadav is Deputy Chief Minister and elder son Tej Pratap Yadav is Bihar Health Minister.
The I-T department raids come after some BJP leaders alleged last week that Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons were involved in benami land deals to the tune of Rs1,000 crore.
LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan today asked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to break his silence over allegation that Lalu Prasad's family acquired benami properties and the Supreme Court's order on the RJD chief.
Lalu rapped the BJP in yet another tweet for "sensing an opportunity to destabilise the Grand Alliance Government in Bihar" and asserted that the coalition was "intact".
Several suspect land deals took place in Bihar, he said, wondering if Nitish Kumar would invoke a special law enacted by his government in which assets acquired through illicit money are confiscated in this instance.
The leader who himself is allegedly found to have been talking to dreaded criminal languishing in jail, said "the country is not safe in BJP hands as it is hell-bent on dividing society and create hatred among different communities to continue in power at all cost".
The JD (U) and BJP were allies before the Nitish Kumar broke the alliance ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. "Unless the IT has recovered some evidences, it has no meaning at all".
Kumar should submit a roadmap to the Centre giving details as how much funds was required for which scheme, the dalit leader said.
While raids were conducted at a dozen locations, ten other premises were surveyed, IT sources said.
". What is on since morning, that was also discussed", Mamata said about the raids after meeting Sonia Gandhi here.
Lalu Prasad's lawyer Chitranjan Sinha was one of the first to visit him but left without saying anything to the waiting media persons.
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