Tej Pratap Yadav, the son of RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, came up with a rather strange reason for vacating his government bungalow in Patna last week, according to various media reports.
Six months after stepping down as Bihar's health minister, Tej Pratap vacated his government bungalow, claiming that "Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi unleashed ghosts" in the bungalow, reported Deccan Chronicle.
The bungalow — 3, Deshratna Marg — was allotted to Tej Pratap after he became health minister when the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance was still in power in Bihar. However, when Kumar later left the Grand Alliance and joined hands with BJP, Tej Pratap was told to vacate the bungalow.
According to a report in The Times of India, Tej Pratap is known for his belief in superstition. Sources close to him said that there was a 'dushman maaran jaap' (chant of hymns to eliminate enemies) organised at the bungalow in June when central agencies were investigating corruption charges against his family, according to the report.
He also reportedly had the bungalow's south-facing gate shut for good on the advice of vastu experts.
On the other hand, the ruling JD(U) offered its own retort to Tej Pratap's allegation, saying there was no need to unleash ghosts on "pisachas" (flesh-eating demons), reported Financial Express. JD(U) spokesperson added that Lalu Prasad was a bigger "ghost" and Bihar got rid of him after a lot of difficulty.
Updated Date: Feb 22, 2018 14:44:03 IST