A “Desh Bachao, Bhajpa Bhagao” rally was organised by Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD on 27th August in Patna which was attended by various opposition leaders. This rally was supposed to be a show of strength and was also seen as an attempt to forge an alliance of like-minded opposition parties to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. But unfortunately for the opposition, the rally has been in the news for the wrong reasons, ever since it was announced.
First, key participants started pulling out, then when it finally took place, adequate number of people allegedly didn’t turn up. In order to mitigate the embarrassment, Lalu and others reportedly tweeted out a morphed photo which showed the rally ground overflowing with people.
Now that the rally has taken place, the Income Tax Department has decided to get on its case. According to reports, the IT department today issued a notice to the RJD in order to inquire about the expenses incurred during the rally:
Income Tax Department issues notice to RJD for expenses at mega anti-BJP rally in Patna
— ANI (@ANI) September 1, 2017
The IT department has reportedly asked the RJD to explain the sources of its funds and to provide all the necessary details.
Incidentally the Income Tax has also been close on the heels of Lalu’s family recently. In June we had reported how, the IT department had seized benami properties of Lalu’s daughter and Rajya Sabha member Misa Bharti, son-in-law Shailesh Kumar and his son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav in Gurugram, Delhi and Rewari.
Also this Tuesday, there were reports of the IT officials again questioning Tejaswi Yadav and former Bihar CM and Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi. This was in connection to the IT probe into alleged corrupt land dealings against which a case was registered in June.