Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad walks out of Ranchi jail, says will fight communal forces
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Former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad was released on bail from the Birsa Munda Central Jail Monday afternoon. Soon afterward, he launched a scathing attack on the BJP.
Talking to reporters outside the jail, the RJD chief said, "I appeal to the leaders of all political parties — remember 1947, don't let that condition return."
Lalu, who was released a little before 2 pm, added: "Today, political forces are trying to capture power in Delhi in the name of religion. I am free today, I will travel throughout this country to talk to secular parties and prevent that."
The first thing he did after being released was bow before the statue of tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda, installed outside the jail. His first trip was to the Deori temple in Tamar. He was scheduled to visit other religious spots later in the day. After a night's rest in Ranchi, he is scheduled to leave for Patna early Tuesday. On Monday evening, he attended a closed-door meeting with Jharkhand ministers Annapurna Devi and Rajendra Prasad, of the RJD and Congress, respectively.
"I was sure that the courts will be fair to me. Here begins another journey," he said. "Jo aadmi jail se darega, woh kuch nahi karega (A man who fears jail cannot do anything)."
Asked to comment on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, he said, "Narendra Modi or whichever Modi, I am here now. I am ready. Who is he to take Dwarka's name? Dwarka is ours." At Deori temple, he warned that the BJP would divide the country and called it "Bharat Jalao Party". He added that Modi was a leader of the capitalists.
He also expressed his opposition to the proposed Lokpal Bill. "People like Anna Hazare want the courts to work under the Lokpal. We cannot let this happen. The judiciary has an important role in our political system; tinkering with that will be bad for our country," he said.