Lalu denies rift with Nitish, says Shahabuddin controversy needless'
DECCAN CHRONICLE | DC Correspondent
Patna/ Lucknow: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday claimed that there were no differences between him and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, insisting that their "mahagatbandhan" is intact.
According to reports, Lalu said, "Shahabuddin was released on a court order. The entire controversy is needless," Lalu Yadav told reporters, when asked about RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin who was recently released on bail in a murder case.
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But Yadav would be embarrassed with the revelation of damning photographs featuring his older son Tej Pratap, a minister, with Shahabuddin as well as an accused in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.
On Thursday, Tej Pratap was seen in a new photograph with a second man wanted in the Ranjan murder – Mohammad Jawed.
Meanwhile, asserting the government's supremacy in the Shahabuddin issue, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said law will take its course in the matter.
"There is a process of law. All I will tell you is that the law will continue to take its course," he told reporters in Delhi.
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Asked about comments of some RJD leaders, including gangster-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, questioning his leadership, he said he does not pay attention to these.
The bail granted to murder convict Shahabuddin by the Patna High Court has prompted the BJP-led opposition to accuse the Nitish government of deliberately putting up a weak case to facilitate his bail.
The fanfare following the RJD leader's release from the jail had added to Kumar's discomfort with leaders of his party JD(U) indicating that the government may move the Supreme Court to get his bail cancelled.
However, the government, in which RJD is a partner, has not spelt out a clear stand on the matter.
Kumar has come to the national capital to meet Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.