PATNA: With the licence of a petrol pump owned by Bihar health minister Tej Patap Yadav standing terminated due to wrong information given about his land ownership, the Opposition BJP on Friday demanded his resignation along with that of his younger brother and deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) on Friday sealed its retail outlet on New Bypass Road in Patna’s Beur locality allotted to Tej Pratap a day after terminating its licence following a local court’s order. BPCL had issued Tej Pratap a show cause notice in May, asking him to answer the allegations that he had lied about his ownership of the land.
When Tej Pratap failed to provide satisfactory answers, BPCL terminated the licence granted to him on June 17. Tej Pratap had moved a local court, which imposed an interim stay on the licence termination. After the court of sub-judge 11 Sachi Mishra vacated the stay on Tuesday, BPCL stopped supplying petrol to the pump and sealed it.
“Tej Pratap Yadav should immediately resign from the cabinet as he fraudulently got a petrol pump allotted for himself and concealed his ownership of 54 decimal land in Aurangabad in his election affidavit,” said senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi. “If he does not resign, chief minister Nitish Kumar should sack him immediately,” added Bihar’s former deputy chief minister.
When Tej Pratap had applied for the petrol pump and was interviewed for it in 2012, he did not have the stipulated 43 decimal of land needed for it. “It is now conclusively proved that Tej Pratap had obtained the petrol pump licence fraudulently during the UPA II government at the Centre,” said Sushil Kumar Modi.
BJP also stepped up their demand for Tejaswi Yadav’s ouster from the cabinet, saying his continuation in the deputy chief minister’s post proves that Nitish Kumar has compromised his anti-corruption principles. CBI registered an FIR for alleged corruption against Tejaswi Yadav, his parents- former Bihar CM's Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, and some others earlier in July.