With Lalu Yadav in Jail, Party Scrambles to Deal with the Situation

Emergency meeting of the RJD at Rabri Devi's residence in Patna on Saturday after the CBI judge announced punishment for party President Lalu Prasad Yadav.

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Patna: Like the seven stages of grief, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders, in the wake of the conviction of party President Lalu Prasad Yadav who was given three and a half years in prison connection with the illegal withdrawal of fund from the Deoghar Treasury, went into a huddle at the Lalu residence in Patna to cope with the bad news and how to figure out how to deal with it in the coming days.

After initial outburst of anger leading to pointing fingers towards everyone including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the party, led by Yadav's youngest son Tejaswi Yadav, decided to go on a 'yatra' to 'spread the message of social justice' as envisioned by his father.

RJD workers protesting in Patna on Saturday.

Calling it a 'Lalu Sandesh Yatra', Tejaswi Yadav, said he would embark on a yatra to seek justice for his father who, he, along with other party leaders, insists that was framed by his political enemy like Amit Shah and Nitish Kumar, and to spread the gospel of his father on social justice.

The RJD chief's son also read a letter written by his father from the Birsa Munda Jail that speaks against upper caste (Manuwadis) who 'conspired' against him to finish him off politically.

"These Manuwadis have played many games against me... CBI was sent after me, my family was involved, even the Army was sent to send me to jail. They conspired to lodge false cases against my innocent children to demoralize them. My homes were raided by the CBI. When they could not beat us at the ballot box, they usurped the power through the back door. However, Lalu is not worried," the letter read.

It goes on to say that the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Bihar colluded with the CBI, Income Tax, and the Enforcement Directorate to destroy him and his family but he was never afraid of them. "A person who has a family of crores of people, will not be intimidated," it said.

The meeting was held at Rabri Devi's residence on 10 Circular Road in the presence of top party leaders and hundreds of supporters.

Rabri Devi, flanked by her two sons, tried to put up a brave face in her moment of adversity and urged the party workers and leaders to maintain calm and go to all district in Bihar to spread the ideals of Yadav who now remains convicted twice in plundering Bihar and embezzling government fund while he was the Chief Minister of Bihar.

Tejaswi, the former Deputy Chief Minister, who earlier compared his father to Gandhi and Mandela, said that had his father compromised with the BJP, he would have been deemed as Raja Harishchandra, a king in the Indian mythology considered to be the paragon of honesty and truth.

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