From jail, Lalu plans strategy, crowds shrink at his Patna home

Prime News, National (Patna), January 2:- Several workers and leaders of Lalu Yadav’s RJD arrived at the Birsa Munda Jail in Jharkhand’s Ranchi on Monday, New Year’s Day, hoping to meet the party chief with a new week bringing with it a fresh visitors’ quota. Prison rules, being enforced with rigour by the jail authorities, allow Mr Yadav only three visitors a week; three party legislators met him in the morning and with that, he exhausted this week’s quota.
At his home in Patna, his family hosted guests. The impact of the RJD chief’s absence was visible. The usual crowd of visitors that throngs the 10 Circular Road residence was missing and the few leaders of the RJD and ally Congress who arrived, seemed downcast.
“Everyone here in Bihar or outside Bihar knows what’s happening with Lalu-ji, so I don’t want to say much,” said his wife Rabri Devi, who was flanked by her sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav at their 10 Circular Road residence in Patna. Lalu Yadav has alleged that his conviction is a conspiracy by the opposition.

Those who met Lalu Yadav at the Jharkhand jail said he has chalked out a plan for an agitation which will be announced on January 6. Before that, on Wednesday, a local court is expected to sentence Yadav, who was found guilty of corruption and convicted last week. Yadav faces several cases in what is called the fodder scam, which involved the embezzlement of more than Rs. 970 crore in government funds in the 1990s. He has already been convicted in another fodder scam case four years ago and spent two months in jail before being given bail. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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