1. Lalu Yadav-Shahabuddin tape: From Venkaiah Naidu to Sheila Dikshit, here’s how political leaders reacted

Lalu Yadav-Shahabuddin tape: From Venkaiah Naidu to Sheila Dikshit, here’s how political leaders reacted

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the tape has 'shocked the nation'

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 6, 2017 3:19 PM
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On Saturday morning, a Republic TV report alleged former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav of taking instructions from criminal turned politician Mohammad Shahabuddin when the latter was in Siwan jail. The channel played a recorded conversation which it claimed took place between Lalu Prasad and Mohammad Shahabuddin. Even though Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar are yet to respond on the incident, many opposition political leaders have reacted. However, Financialexpress.com cannot verify the authenticity of these tapes.

Here are some reactions:

Venkaiah Naidu

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the tape has ‘shocked the nation’. “Congrats and best wishes to Sh Arnab Goswami and his team on the occasion of the launch of #Republic TV,” he wrote on Twitter.

Watch the report here:

Sushil Kumar Modi

The senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was one of the first leaders to respond to the incident. “Shahabuddin is still the Member of RJD National Executive.Where is the Q of suspending or expelling Shabu?” he asked on Twitter. In as series on tweets, Modi asked the Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to taken an action. “Republic of Arnab has exposed how Lalu is taking instructions from Dreaded criminal Shahabuddin.Will Nitish act?” he wrote. His third tweet read as, “Minister Abdul Ghafoor in Nitish govt went to Siwan jail to meet Shahabuddin & another Min Siddique met his parents.”

Tehseen Poonawalla

Tehseen Poonawalla called it a baseless and made up the report. “This is such baseless & made up story on @laluprasadrjd ji on @republic tv. Coz if true 1st answer how do u have pvt conversation?” he wrote on Twitter.

Sheila Dikshit

Former Delhi chief minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit refused to comment on the situation. She was quoted as the channel by saying,
“Not my style to comment on others.”

Chirag Paswan

Lok Janshakti Party leader and son of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan was quoted by the channel saying, “Who runs the Govt in Bihar. The CM or Lalu’s gangster?”

Siddharth Nath Singh

BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that Nitish Kumar “has no option but to file a FIR against Lalu Prasad, as per your tape”. He also alleged that mafia was running the state government.

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  1. K
    May 7, 2017 at 1:01 pm
    Cry my beloved country for having fallen into the hands of an Italy born lady for a decade and the mafia don in Bihar, naxalites in some states and stan lovers in Kashmir. Will you ever fulfil the dreams of Gurudev Tagore and wake up in the country of his description?
    1. K
      May 6, 2017 at 9:16 pm
      Laalu bhagao bihar bachao
      1. S
        May 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm
        Wow ... Thanks Nitish kumar choosing ambition over self respect, integrity and future of 60 million Bihari's . Is it really more satisfying being someone's puppet and called chief minister ??
        1. A
          May 6, 2017 at 8:38 pm
          I am from bihar and I don't need any authentication test to vouch for the genuinity as I can see the condition of state for myself Its astonishing how people can be blindside such politicians in name of hatred for other
          1. F
            May 6, 2017 at 5:57 pm
            Better you publish the news after verifying the authenticity.
            1. Jaideep Pandey
              May 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm
              Too early to comment on such issues
              1. H
                May 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm
                Aal Sickular Phorsej are Phully Silent 😜
                1. R
                  Right to corruption
                  May 6, 2017 at 3:16 pm
                  Imagine such tape released against RSS or BJP... then what kind of reaction we can expect? First Rahual hi will tell "I am shocked to see this... this is what we can expect from Modi government". Next the Left will jump and will tell "The nation is ruled indirectly by such people". Then will come Didi "This is time to unite against BJP". And all TV channels will start blaming BJP and RSS. But unfortunately this is against Lalu so what they will do 1. Silent 2. Question the tape 3. Question how they got it 4. As usual, this is a fake tape 5. Finally, on chorus, "This is a war against secular people by communal forces" Let us be more secular to digest such things!
                  1. A
                    Arun C
                    May 7, 2017 at 10:30 am
                    See reply by Anthony Mathias below !!
                  2. V
                    May 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm
                    Politician criminal nexus is well established in the country ! What is new about it ? And who is doing conversation with shahabuddin is a perfect gentelman, which people of bihar know very well if they recollect his tenure as CM.
                    1. Anthony Mathias
                      May 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm
                      I have not heard the conversation but the point is who recorded this conversation. Is RTV state that they have checked the authenticity of the tape . Did that person or agency have the necessary authorizations to do so. Only the Govt. is permitted to tap phone lines under the India Telegraph Act. Has it tapped the call with authorization and then leaked it to a TV channel.Can this be done is it not an offence. How can Republic TV broadcast this. I would advise Lalu to file a FIR and a defamation suit and pe ion the Supreme Court to cancel the license of this channel to broadcast. I want the I & B minister to clarify that whether it is lawful to tap telephones without the necessary authorizations and no action will be taken by the State. If this is correct then all the lines of every government official should be tapped and the contents made public. What a lot of would come to light.
                      1. V
                        May 6, 2017 at 2:07 pm
                        What action do u want against Laloo?????
                        1. B
                          May 6, 2017 at 5:34 pm
                          Whatever u said its your point nad maybe you are right in your place what you are asking or maybe trying to defend so called secular laloo. But I dont think Arnam and RTV team is such a fool who could aired the tape without any authentication aur they will spoil the future of the channel in avery first day opening with this Dhamaka. But the question is that is Laloo and Shahabuddin a clear image politician ??? If yes..then this tape is fake. Nation Wants to know the truth....
                        2. R
                          Right to corruption
                          May 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm
                          Correct! What they are talking is not so serious.. but how they got the tape is serious... because we want to save Lalu and his wealth.. as they belong to so called secular front!
                          1. H
                            May 6, 2017 at 4:36 pm
                            Spoken like a true Sickular Chrislamic 😡
                            1. Lallu Mishra
                              May 6, 2017 at 9:36 pm
                              No one from their own party has questioned the authenticity of the tape, why are you? Lmfao.
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