RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s conviction in fodder scam provided the much needed adrenaline boost to the BJP that was facing Congress heat on its “anti-corruption” plank after the 2G verdict and quashing of the case against former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan by the Bombay High Court.Leading the BJP attack, cabinet minister JP Nadda targeted both, the Congress and the RJD. “The alliance between Congress and Lalu Yadav’s party is an alliance of corruption,connivance and cheating the people of India, it is clear from the verdict of the court,” he said.He also blamed Lalu Prasad for politicising the verdict. “He is even now politicising the issue instead of accepting the verdict, just to deviate attention he is leveling allegations of conspiracy against the BJP,” Nadda said.After his conviction by the special CBI court, Lalu had blamed the onslaught of bias driven propaganda by the BJP and its nexus with the CBI for the verdict.Lalu’s long time adversary, deputy chief minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, who was one of the petitioners in the fodder scam PIL which resulted in a CBI inquiry and monitoring of the case by the Patna High Court, accused Lalu of playing politics.”Lalu was convicted for the first time during the UPA regime & is now blaming BJP? How can the BJP influence a judicial process? The Court has convicted Lalu not BJP,” Modi said in Patna.”This had to happen. You reap what you sow,” Modi added.Senior BJP leader from Bihar, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who also was one of the prime movers of the case against Lalu, described the verdict as a lesson that law will catch up if you commit corruption.”For me, it is a matter of some personal assurance that I had the privilege to argue the PIL in Patna High Court in the early 90s leading to the institution of the CBI inquiry, which was strongly opposed by the then state government headed by Lalu Prasad Yadav.”Lesson of today’s conviction of Lalu Prasad is that law will catch up with you if you commit corruption,” Ravi Shankar added.Defiant Lalu lashes out on TwitterNew Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was defiant even as the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court in Ranchi convicted him in the fodder scam. Yadav took to Twitter and shot off eleven tweets in 22 minutes. He slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and termed its politics as “immoral and malicious” and said that the “wily” party was using rhetoric to hide its “misdeeds” and to sully public perception of the opposition. Yadav also likened his circumstances and conviction to that of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, American civil rights activist Martin Luther King and even Babasaheb Ambedkar.
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