Opposition Hails Punishment to Lalu in Embezzlement Case

NDA leaders react to Lalu's punishment in the fodder scam.

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Patna: NDA leaders in Bihar, in almost a unison, hailed the CBI court's decision in Ranchi to give three and a half years imprisonment to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav in connection with an offshoot of the fodder scam saying the former Chief Minister deserved it and had it coming for all the crimes he had committed when he and his party was in power in Bihar.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leaders Pashupati Kumar Paras and Chirag Paswan, MP-Jamui, welcomed the court pronouncement saying it would serve as a major deterrent to all corrupt ministers and officials that no one was above the law.

"The court hands out its verdict and punishment based on the evidences available. To say that the CBI judge was influenced by his caste and Lalu Prasad Yadav's caste is not only wrong, it shows how low the RJD family has sunk to protect a convicted criminal," Paras said.

Janata Dal – U spokesperson Sanjay Singh declared it was the victory of the people of Bihar.

"Today Bihar has received the justice that it deserved. I thank RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari for filing case against the party chief. He is one of the few original petitioners who brought the case of corruption against Lalu Prasad Yadav in the '90s. Today he is shedding crocodile tears before Rabri Devi and Tejaswi Yadav because he knows what's good for him," he said.

BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, in his statement, said that by convicting Lalu, the court has confirmed criminal charges against the RJD leader.

"A punishment is a punishment even if it's only for three and a half years. The fact remains Lalu Prasad Yadav is a convicted criminal and no amount of spinning will change this fact," he said.

Modi further said that RJD leaders were blaming political vendetta on part of the BJP for Yadav's conviction and incarceration but they were forgetting that the case was lodged against the RJD chief when A R Kidwai was the Governor of Bihar and H D Devegowda was the Prime Minister of India who had ordered the then joint director of the CBI U N Biswas to investigate the fodder scam.

"Kidwai was a through and through Congress man and it was Lalu Prasad Yadav who had helped Devegowda to become the Prime Minister of India," Modi said.

BJP state President Nityanand Rai also welcome the CBI verdict saying the man who stole the money of the poor people of Bihar deserved this fate and any attempt to make him a martyr by his children, wife, or party leaders was laughable.

"The man who mercilessly robbed Bihar and stole from poor deserves a lot more than what he has been given," Rai said.

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