Patna, January 6: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday ripped into Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally, the BJP, after a court sent his father Lalu Prasad Yadav to jail for three-and-a-half years in a second of fodder scam.
The 69-year-old RJD leader and his son have maintained that the conviction, given by a special court in Ranchi last month, was just a case of political vendetta. Tejashwi Yadav, who was also a part of Nitish Kumar government, shot off a sarcastic post.
Lalu Prasad Yadav, a vocal critic of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who received his sentence on video-conference from Ranchi’s Birsa Munda jail, also expressed his point on twitter.
Lalu Prasad and his party were shunted out of power last year after JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance with him and the Congress and entered a partnership with the BJP.
The rift in the Grand Alliance came after corruption allegations against Tejashwi Yadav. Prior to this, BJP’s Sushil Modi had made multiple allegations of corruption against Lalu Yadav and his family.
After the Grand Alliance dissolved in Bihar, Sushil Modi succeeded Tejashwi Yadav as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.
“If Laluji would have compromised with the BJP, then he would have been given the title of Raja Harishchandra,” Tejashwi Yadav said.
“His ego of social justice has been exposed. It is because of social injustice that he’s in jail,” BJP leader and party spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
Patra also termed the partnership between Lalu Yadav and the Congress “an alliance of corruption”. “Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi are both out on bail…one more wicket has fallen,” Patra further added.
The Congress reacted cautiously on the matter, with senior leader RPN Singh said that Congress has always waged war against corruption. “As far as the alliance is concerned, it is with RJD and not particular individuals,” Singh further added.
On December 23, Lalu Yadav was convicted for criminal conspiracy, forgery, use of forged documents, among others, in a case that relates to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1990 and 1994. He has now been convicted in two of the five cases linked to the fodder scam.