Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, following the conviction of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav by a CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday, said that they were not surprised by the verdict as the former Chief Minister got what he deserved.
"You can't expect a 'babool' tree to produce mangoes. The RJD chief got what he deserved. The evidences produced by me, Shivanand Tiwari, and Lallan Singh against Lalu Prasad Yadav in the early phase of the fodder scam trial were unimpeachable so I am not at all surprised by today's CBI court's verdict in Ranchi," Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and a long time Lalu nemesis said.
Saying a Lalu Prasad Yadav was too old to change his corrupt ways despite having been convicted in the fodder scam once.
"So far, he has been convicted in two cases; there are four other cases of corruption against him and it is my understanding that he won't be able to escape conviction in those cases as well," he said adding Saturday verdict was a warning to all corrupt politicians who have so far been hiding behind the mask of Dalits, backwards, and minorities to illegally amass properties for themselves and their family members.
"Lalu Prasad Yadav, due to his penchant for corruption, not only sunk his own political career but also destroyed the lives of his wife, sons, daughter, and son-in-law. He should stick to his mantra that 'he had full faith in the judiciary' and stopped his mouthpieces from trashing the judicial system of India," he said.
BJP state President and Health Minister Mangal Pandey also blamed the RJD chief for his current predicament saying he reaped what he sowed and the court verdict should be taken as a warning by his family members that they were not, by any means, above the law.
"Lalu Prasad Yadav learned the corruption tricks from his ally Congress Party and now he is paying the price for it. The one who survived all these years by indulging in corrupt practices has now run out of room in Bihar politics," Pandey said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS