As expected, on the very first day of his show Arnab Goswami raised hell. Republic TV started with a massive expose of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.
It is not that Lalu Prasad is some holier than thou figure in the world of politics. Anyone who has any understanding of India’s political history and the RJD chief’s background knows that Lalu is one of the most corrupt politicians of India.
Just in case you do not know, Lalu has been convicted in the Fodder Scam as well as possession of disproportionate assets.
But what Goswami’s Republic TV exposed on Saturday is that Lalu Prasad Yadav now takes instructions from convicted don Mohammad Shahabuddin.
The channel aired audio tapes of conversation between the mafia don and the politician. More tapes revealed the kind of threats being issued by the don.
Lalu was taking orders from a don. And that’s not even the most outrageous crime he has committed.#LaluTapeExposed
— TheFrustratedIndian (@FrustIndian) May 6, 2017
Why is this shocking?
Mohammed Shahabuddin has been convicted in 10 cases and has 45 on-going cases against him. He was released on bail from Bhagalpur Special Central Jail on September 11, 2016.
Soon after his release, Shahabuddin said that even though Nitish Kumar was the leader of the JD(U)-RJD coalition government, to him his leader was Lalu Prasad Yadav. It should be noted that Shahabuddin had been sent to prison on Nitish Kumar’s orders.
Just to remind you before journalists defend Lalu Shahabuddin link as FOE, the journo who covered Shahabuddin a few days back was murdered
— Rahul Raj (@bhak_sala) May 6, 2017
Though Lalu tried to save his face, it was clear that RJD’s mafia links were very strong.
The Supreme Court then cancelled Shahbuddin’s bail and sent him to Tihar Jail from Siwan jail. Shahabuddin’s conversation with Lalu Yadav happened while the former was still lodged in Siwan jail.
JDU doesn’t deny Lalu mafia-don tape. Nitish silent, while no. 2 says ‘it happens in all jails’ #LaluTapeExposed
— Republic (@republic) May 6, 2017
This is earth shaking and is certainly going to impact Bihar’s politics. Nitish Kumar, who heads the government in Bihar with ally Lalu, is now increasingly feeling uneasy with the alliance because of the image of the RJD chief and the party’s questionable links to criminals.
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) May 6, 2017
It is also worth noting that the Congress party, too, is part of the alliance called ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or Grand Alliance.
The Congress has been an old ally of RJD (both were allies in UPA till 2015) and has always been supportive of Lalu Prasad Yadav in spite of the latter’s convictions in corruption cases.
As of now, Twitterati is hailing the return of Arnab Goswami and the manner in which he has brought Lalu Yadav back in the dock.
— Anubhav Mahule (@vicks88ster) May 6, 2017
— Shailesh Jha (वंचित) (@HindustaniTweet) May 6, 2017
— Arun Shenoy (@ShenoyArun) May 6, 2017
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) May 6, 2017
— Chicken Biryanii (@ChickenBiryanii) May 6, 2017
— Surgical Sandeep (@samgold21) May 6, 2017
Arnab started his show by breaking conversation between Shahabuddin and Lalu Yadav, Do u remember any single sting or scam broken by Ravish?
— Bhaiyyaji (@bhaiyyajispeaks) May 6, 2017
— Rahul Tiwari (@rahultiwari6490) May 6, 2017
Only yesterday Lalu’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav was in the news for allegedly not disclosing a petrol pump he acquired illicitly.
Bihar BJP chief Sushil Kumar Modi has been exposing a series of scams Lalu Yadav has been allegedly involved in since he was the railway minister in the previous UPA government.