Silence, Gloom at Lalu's Residence in Patna

Quiet at Lalu's residence in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Activities at Lalu Prasad Yadav's residence on 10 Circular Road in Patna on Saturday remained subdued in the aftermath of 14 years of imprisonment awarded to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief for his involvement in the fodder scam that is being seen as a major setback to the party.

The large green gate with security outside remained closed for most of the day only to be opened when a party leader arrived there to offer emotional support to the sulking family.

Sources said Yadav's wife and former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi, their two sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav, along with other family members, stayed glued to the television set watching news coming out of Ranchi where the party President was to hear the outcome of the fourth case in the fodder scam involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 3.13 crore from Dumka treasury in the '90s.

The first one to arrive at the Yadav residence was party spokesperson Chittaranjan Gagan followed by Sanjay Yadav, Nirala Yadav, Ashok Yadav, Satyendra Paswan, Devmuni Singh and a few others.

"We are very disappointed with the court's verdict and will appeal in a higher court. As we have said before, this is all part of a conspiracy hatched by the BJP and we will take our case in the court of the public to prove Lalu Prasad Yadav is innocent of all charges," said Tejaswi Yadav.

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha (file photo).

Meanwhile, much to the chagrin of how own party members, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and MP from Patna Saheb, in a tweet, said that he met with Yadav at the Ranchi hospital where he is being treated for high blood pressure and diabetic complications.

Describing the RJD chief as the 'Most Popular Son of Soil' and a 'Mass Leader', Sinha, who remains a pariah in his own party, said that he was in Ranchi to meet and greet Laluji.

"My best wishes & prayers for a healthy & long life. Get well soon," Sinha tweeted.

Sinha was said to be accompanied by senior Congress leader and former Union minister Subodh Kant Sahay.


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