Lalu has links with sand mafia, alleges Modi of Biha

PATNA: Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi+ on Tuesday said he would soon come out with documentary proof of sand mafia funding the RJD andinvesting in Lalu Prasad's family assets . "Sand mafia fund political parties ... sand mafia are the main source of RJD's funding ... I would soon hold a press conference to make a big expose on links of Lalu Prasad's family with the big guns involved in sand mining," Sushil Modi told reporters here. The senior BJP leader asserted that the state government was committed to take action against all types of people involved in corruption. In reply to a query as whether he had gone through the file of 'soil purchase', Sushil Modi tried to play down the issue by saying that it was a very small issue. "We (govt) will see as what action has been initiated in the case. What is the progress in the case and what further action is required to be done in it," Sushil Modi said. "This (soil purchase scam) is a very small issue. RJD's Bihar unit spokesman and media in-charge Pragati Mehta dismissed the allegations as "baseless and absurd".

"We don't take notice of Sushil Kumar Modi's allegations. He has been in the habit of making baseless and absurd allegations against Lalu Prasadji and his family.There is no force in his (Sushil Modi's) allegations," he said.

"BJP is the party of Ambani and Adani whereas ours is a party of poor people which is driven by workers' cooperation," Mehta added.

Earlier today, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad hit back at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, accusing him of "betrayal" for breaking the Grand Alliance, and alleged that the "match was fixed" between him and the BJP to form a coalition government in the state. Nitish Kumar had in a blistering attack on Lalu Prasad on Monday said he had no option but to walk out of the Grand Alliance as he did not want to compromise with corruption