RJD Supporters Disappointed by CBI Court Verdict

Lalu supporters waiting outside his residence for the court verdict in Ranchi on Saturday.

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Patna: An eerie calm prevailed outside the home of former Chief Ministers of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi where dozens of his supporters sat on both sides of the road in anticipation of the court verdict in a corruption case related to the fodder scam that was to come out at a special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday.

With no sign of life from outside, the residents of the house on Circular Road Rabri Devi, elder son Tej Pratap Yadav, the Chief Ministers' daughters, and a few chosen family members and party leaders remained utterly tight-lipped as everyone waited with bated breath for the court ruling that would determine the political fate of the party President, former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, and over a dozen others accused in the case.

Waiting for the 3:00 pm when the verdict was to be announced, RJD workers, activists, and supporters, holding party flags and pictures of Yadav, sat on the ground in silence hoping and praying the court decision goes in favor of their leader.

The scene, however, took a drastic turn around 4:30 pm when the court announced its verdict holding Yadav guilty as charged while exonerating Mishra in the case.

Stunned party workers, unable to believe what they just heard, began chanting anti-NDA slogans while demanding immediate release of their leader comparing him to Nelson Mandela, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Jaya Prakash Narayan.

Around 6:00 pm, senior party leader Shivanand Tiwari was seen arriving at the Lalu residence but other than him, no big-name leader was spotted at their home.

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