Fodder scam: BJP hails Lalu Prasad`s conviction, Cong says law has taken its course

The Bharatiya Janata Party hailed Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav`s conviction in a fodder scam case.

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday welcomed the conviction of RJD chief Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam case by a special CBI court in Ranchi while Congress said that law has taken its course.

"It is a historic judgment and a justice day for 10 crore people of Bihar," said BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

He said although the justice was delayed, it was an important decision.

"He was saving himself for last so many years by having political alliance with the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government," added Rudy.

The BJP leader expected similar conviction of other political leaders involved in cases of irregularities like 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games and coal scam

"The court has delivered a verdict taking cognisance of the free hand given to loot the treasure of Bihar, we welcome the judgment," said BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain.

Reacting to the verdict, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Today, the law has taken its own course. All those who commit corruption with impunity need to understand that law will catch up with you. I am sure it will also catch up with those who are with the government of India."

The ruling Congress party also said that law has taken its own course.

"I have respect for the judgement given by the court as law does not discriminate between person to person. Law has taken its own course. We have respect for the court," party leader Rashid Alvi said.

Congress steered clear of questions on future alliance with RJD.

"It`s too early to say what impact it will have on alliance in Bihar and Jharkhand. We cannot say anything on what will happen about alliance," party communication department chief Ajay Maken told reporters.

Maken`s remarks are significant as there was intense speculation in the party about a future tie-up in Bihar with either Lalu Prasad`s RJD, or its arch-rival JD(U), which walked out NDA in Bihar on June 16 protesting over Narendra Modi`s elevation as BJP`s campaign committee chief.

In Patna, Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi hailed the verdict pronouncing Prasad, former chief minister Jagannath Mishra and 43 others guilty in the multi-crore fodder scam case 17 years ago.

"Lalu has got what he had sown ..... Boya pedh (tree) babul ka to phool (flower) kahan se hoi (how could he get flower when he had sown a tree of thorn?)" he tweeted after the CBI court judge PK Singh pronounced the order.

"He got what he deserved," Modi, who was the original petitioner in the Patna High Court in the fodder scam in 1990s, said.

Modi, a former deputy chief minister of Bihar, lavished praised on former CBI officer UN Biswas, at present a Minister in the West Bengal government, for making a foolproof case in the fodder scam and gave him the whole credit for conviction of the RJD supremo and others.