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Democracy, constitution in danger under Modi government: Lalu

Former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav said democracy as well as the country’s constitution was in “danger” under the Narendra Modi government

SNS | New Delhi |

Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is behind bars following his conviction in four fodder scam cases on Thursday said democracy as well as the country’s constitution was in “danger” under the Narendra Modi government.

“A third front needs to come up against the BJP. Right now, democracy and the constitution is in danger under the ruling government,”  the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief said after his arrival in New Delhi for treatment at AIIMS.

Talking about his home state of Bihar, Lalu accused the BJP-JD(U) alliance of setting the whole state “ablaze”.

“Riots and incidents of violence are taking place all over Bihar. BJP has set the whole state ablaze,” he said.

He also slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for failing to act.

“Nitish Kumar is now finished,” said Lalu who left for the national capital by the Rajdhani Express on Wednesday evening.

A special CBI court had on Tuesday given approval to take the RJD chief to AIIMS for treatment. It granted the permission based on reports by two medical teams.

Lalu Yadav has been in the Ranchi jail since December 23 last year when he was convicted by a special CBI court for fraudulent withdrawal from the Deoghar treasury and was subsequently awarded three-and-a-half years’ of imprisonment on January 6 this year.

On January 24, he was awarded five years of imprisonment in the Chaibasa treasury case, while on March 24 he was awarded 14 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 60 lakh in the Dumka treasury case.

The RJD chief was convicted in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and awarded five years in jail. The court had charged the RJD chief with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 47 lakh from the treasuries in Banka and Bhagalpur districts. But later, he was granted bail.