The Bihar government is all set to oppose the bail given to don turned politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, released from jail last week, in Supreme Court. This has the ability to widen fissures in the ruling Grand Alliance.
A compromise in cases against the Siwan don does not arise. The state government will ensure there are no oversights as it prepares a strong case against Shahabuddin. The RJD lawmaker has more than 40 criminal cases to his name, including murder, extortion and kidnapping. Serving two life sentences in murder cases, Shahabuddin was granted bail by Bihar High Court after spending 11 years in jail.
While this was so, the Bharatiya Janata Party compared Shahabuddin’s release from jail as a return to “jungle raaj” in Bihar.
While Shahabuddin was leaving jail in Bhagalpur, he called Nitish Kumar a Chief Minister by circumstance, which spoke aloud of the dissatisfaction of several RJD members at being led by Nitish Kumar despite winning more seats in the polls.
Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav made no move to caution his party member. And what’s more, Mohammad Kaif a known sharpshooter involved in the murder of Rajdeo Ranjan, a prominent Siwan journalist, was seen accompanying the don when he was released from jail. He even travelled in Shahabuddin’s 300-car convoy from Bhagalpur to Siwan.
The third party in the alliance, Congress’ strong reaction came in the wake a row kicked up by RJD vice-president Raghubansh Prasad Singh’s barb against Kumar while backing partyman Mohammad Shahabuddin’s remarks. The party said that RJD was free to walk out of the alliance if they did not like the CM’s leadership.
Meanwhile, what came as a bolt to JD(U) was Lalu Prasad Yadav’s meeting with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav wherein he promised the latter that he would campaign for the SP in the 2017 Assembly polls.