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:
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 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.
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.”
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.