Rabri's Attempt to Blame Opposition for Lalu's Plight Draws Scorns

Rabri Devi campaigning in Khagaul on Saturday.

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Patna: Reacting to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Rabri Devi's open letter to the public yesterday in which she blamed the NDA leaders for the plight of her husband Lalu Prasad Yadav, the women wing of the Janata Dal – U on Sunday turned the table on Rabri Devi saying it was she who was responsible for her husband's incarceration because, as his wife, she failed to perform her duty of stopping her husband from committing crime.

In a letter signed by JD-U leaders Anjum Ara, Dr. Suheli Mehta, and Shweta Biswas, the signees said it was former Chief Minister Rabri Devi who was responsible for her husband's plight.

"As a wife, it was your duty to stop your husband from committing crime. Instead of stopping him, you actually aided and abetted him in perpetuating the crime that landed him in jail. You bear as much responsibility for your husband's plight as much as Lalu Prasad Yadav himself who is in prison not because he happens to be a political prisoner or a freedom fighter but because he stole from the people of Bihar. This has nothing to do with social justice that you are now trying to color it with," the JD-U leaders said in the letter.

The JD-U ladies further reminded Rabri Devi that it was not the NDA that put her husband in the jail but it was the Indian judicial system acting under the provisions made in the Indian constitution that sent Lalu Prasad Yadav to jail.

"Lalu Prasad Yadav may be your husband but he has been convicted by the Indian court in fodder scam and other corruption cases. Your open letter meant to influence the voters is just not going to work," the letter read.

Earlier, in her letter, Rabri Devi complained that her husband was the victim of a witch-hunt because of his lifelong dedication to the cause of Dalits and backwards. She further said that her husband was being mistreated and tortured in the prison and was being denied proper medical care or contacts with other family members.

The former Chief Minister was earlier seen campaigning for her daughter Misa Bharti in Khagaul.

Bharti is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Pataliputra seat where she is pitted against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) incumbent MP and former Lalu loyalist Ram Kripal Yadav.

Patna'ites go to poll at Patna Saheb and Pataliputra constituencies in the seventh and final phase of the elections on May 19.

Poll results are to be announced on May 23.

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