If BJP Tries To Silence Me, Crores Of 'Lalus' Will Stand Up To Fight, Says Lalu Prasad After IT Raids

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[caption id="attachment_242818" align="aligncenter" width="700"]If BJP Tries To Silence Me, Crores Of 'Lalus' Will Stand Up To Fight, Says Lalu Prasad After IT Raids If BJP Tries To Silence Me, Crores Of 'Lalus' Will Stand Up To Fight, Says Lalu Prasad After IT Raids[/caption] In the wake of Income Tax raids conducted on 22 properties in Delhi in connection with proxy land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore allegedly made by RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the senior leader has claimed that the BJP is targeting him for his strident criticism of the central government. In a tweet, the Lalu said "The BJP doesn't have the strength to silence me. If it tries, the voices of crores of Lalus across the country will roar together in response." The income tax raids came hours after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar broke his 6-week silence on allegations against ally Lalu Prasad, and said that if BJP or central government has evidence of Lalu's corruption, it should take action. ALSO READ: Lalu’s Benami Property Case: IT Raids 22 Places In And Around Delhi A team of 100 Income Tax department officials and police personnel on Tuesday conducted raids and surveys on at least 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas on charges of alleged benami deals worth Rs 1,000 crore linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and others. Officials said the department began raiding the premises of some prominent businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari and few others since early morning. While raids are being conducted at a dozen locations, ten other official premises are being surveyed by the I-T department, they said. "People and businessmen connected to the land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family are being searched. There are allegations of benami deals worth about Rs 1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion," a senior official said. ALSO READ: Big Blow To Lalu Prasad Yadav, SC Accepts CBI Plea, Restores Charges In Fodder Scam The BJP had last week accused Prasad, his MP-daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both Bihar government ministers, of being involved in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and asked the central government to probe one such transaction in Delhi. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had alleged that these transactions were a case of quid pro quo as they date back to the period when Lalu Prasad was the railway minister, and dared Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take action against him. Lalu s RJD is a constituent of Bihar s ruling coalition led by Kumar.His sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav are ministers in the government. Inputs from PTI