Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday slammed Lalu Prasad for comparing himself with Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and BR Ambedkar, saying they made sacrifices for their national interest while the RJD chief was in jail for corruption.

“Lalu ji you should not blame the BJP for everything to hide your sin. You should also not compare yourself with Martin Luther King, Mandela or Baba Saheb Ambedkar. They made sacrifices in the national interest. You are in jail for corruption, which is against national interest,” Paswan said on Twitter.

The Lok Janshakti Party chief said Prasad had insulted the people of India by comparing himself to Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and Ambedkar.

Defending his ally BJP, which has been accused by Prasad of conspiring to put him behind bars, Paswan said the allegations amounted to an insult of the judiciary as he has been convicted by a court not the saffron party.

The LJP chief, who was an ally of Prasad earlier, said the RJD chief and his supporters may make a lot of noise but his crimes cannot be brushed under the carpet.

On Saturday, a special CBI court in Ranchi held Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav guilty in a case of fodder scam and reserved 3 January as the date to pronounce the quantum of punishment.

The co-accused in the scam, former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra was let off in the case pertaining to embezzlement of over Rs. 85 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

A total of 17 accused including Lalu were pronounced guilty by the court while six were let off.

According to reports, Lalu will be taken straight to Birsa Munda jail and will be lodged there till January 3.