Lalu ko gussa kyu aata hai: RJD chief accuses media of biased reportage
Cooling his heels in Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi following his conviction in a fodder scam case, RJD boss Lalu Prasad is said to be unhappy with a section of media for reporting unsubstantiated and tiniest details about his judicial custody. The media in Jharkhand has even been reporting how Lalu was doing without his daily fix of chewing tobacco in jail.
Once known for having flunkies prepare khaini (chewing tobacco) for him, Lalu is said to be controlling his habit at Birsa Munda Central jail in Ranchi. The former Bihar chief minister is in jail following his conviction in the fodder scam case relating to illegal withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar treasury.
Lalu’s displeasure with media was clear on January 12 when RJD boss appeared in CBI court in Ranchi.
There, he accused journalists of reporting only one side of the story. Though a bevy of journalists, present there, promptly promised to write “Lalu’s side of story” too, the RJD boss refused to share anything. “Ham Baat Nahi Karenge,” was all that he said.
RJD president Lalu Prasad has also told his lawyers not to brief the media about progress in fodder scam case trials and also told his party leaders not to issue unwarranted political statements.
Lalu is hurt after a section of Ranchi media ran unsubstantiated reports about his stay in Birsa Munda Central Jail since his conviction on December 23 last year.
For a change, however, the RJD boss did briefly speak to journalists at Ranchi on Wednesday afternoon shortly after appearing before the special CBI court in Ranchi. During his brief interaction with the media, Lalu criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Centre’s decision to withdraw Haj subsidy.
The RJD boss also said the NDA would have to face the consequences of scrapping Haj subsidy.
"Haj subsidy is a serious matter. They are troubling and stopping common people for Haj pilgrimage. The decision must be rolled back," he said.
Lalu also questioned VHP leader Pravin Togadia's claim about an alleged assassination attempt on him.