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Searches were conducted also at the premises of the son of RJD MP P C Gupta.

Responding to Income Tax department raids in connection with alleged Benami land deals linked to him, Lalu congratulated BJP for getting new "Alliance Partners". "People and businessmen connected to the land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family are being searched", a senior official told PTI.

On the Centre not fulfilling its promise of giving Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar's development, he said that Nitish Kumar government was making such allegations to deflect people's attention to hide its failures.

The BJP 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. Lalu's younger son Tejashwi Yadav is Deputy Chief Minister and elder son Tej Pratap Yadav is Bihar Health Minister.

While Lalu Prasad put up a courageous face saying he will continue to fight against "fascist forces" and was "not scared of empty threats", Chidambaram reacted to the CBI raids asking whether he should "stop writing against the Government".

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"Kumar compromised with principles, ideology, good governance the day he joined hands with Lalu Prasad", he said.

Political analysts said that Lalu, facing a barrage of corruption charges, has tried to send across a message to the BJP as well as the JD (U) that any fresh unity among the two parties would not affect him and he will single-handedly take on the BJP. Let's wait to see what IT gets in the raids or if it is only a part of pressure against opposition leaders like Lalu Prasad, who have been attacking the RSS, BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi termed the raids an offshoot of Nitish Kumar's statement that "the competent authorities should act on the allegations". Lalu's official residence was the address of the owners of the firms allegedly floated by his family members, Ravi Shankar Prasad had said. The Law now is taking its course and this should be welcomed, ' said Manjhi.

He was asked about the opposition charge against the government of using CBI and I-T department to go after opposition leaders.

On EVM tampering issue, Paswan said that his party supported Election Commission's contention that it was hard to tamper with EVMs and the Centre was in favour of bringing more transparency.