Ranchi, Jan 1: Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who is in Bisra Munda jail has planned to launch an agitation on January 6. Lalu’s followers who visited him at Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi said the former Bihar chief minister has chalked out a plan to take on his opponents. Lalu Yadav is lodged in jail after a special CBI court found him guilty of financial embezzlement in the notorious 970-crore fodder scam. His son Tejaswi Yadav further informed that he is unlikely to be present for the sentence.Also Read - Operation Opposition Unity: Sonia Gandhi Asks Nitish Kumar And Lalu Yadav To Meet Again After Congress Internal Election
RJD, after the conviction of Lalu Prasad Yadav, is in fix for its next leadership. Commenting on issue, Tejaswi Yadav said, “I have seen it all, but one has to accept the challenges and shoulder the responsibilities.” He has emphasised that the political foes are wrong if they think RJD will be finished. Also Read - Nitish Kumar's Mahagathbandhan Leaders Host KCR in Bihar, National Politics on Key Agenda
“Opponents think Lalu Yadav is finished after going to jail. They are hugely mistaken. People of Bihar are outraged, they will give a strong reply to this. Lalu ji would have been ‘Raja Harishchandra’ for BJP if he had allied with them,” Tejashwi said. Also Read - CBI Raids Residence Of Lalu's MLC Sunil Singh, 2 RJD MPs In Land For Job Scam Ahead Of Floor Test
However, his wife Rabri Yadav appeared miffed. “Everyone here in Bihar or outside Bihar knows what’s happening with Lalu-ji, so I don’t want to say much,” NDTV quoted Yadav as saying.
Earlier, Lalu was given access to a newspaper and a television set at the Birsa Munda jail. He can meet guests between 8 am and 12 noon during weekdays in compliance with the jail manual, Birsa Munda Jail Superintendent Ashok Kumar Choudhary said.
The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. Lalu and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict.
A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.
The quantum of punishment will be pronounced by the court on January 3, 2018.