Ranchi, Oct. 2: Gita yesterday, Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait today. RJD supremo Lalu Prasad this morning asked Birsa jail authorities for a portrait of Bapu.
Pronounced guilty by a CBI court in one of the most important cases of the fodder scam, the man who will get his sentence tomorrow also asked jail administration to get him a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi this morning.
“He offered flowers to the portrait of the Mahatma,” said a jail official.
The non-violence didn’t rub off on zealous RJD MLA from Godda Sanjay Prasad Yadav, who visited Lalu in the evening. Sanjay gave a display of the famous Yadav temper around 3.30pm when jail guards asked who he was.
“Pahchante nahin ho kya? (Don’t you know me?)” thundered Yadav.
“Nahin sir, nahin pehchnte hain (No sir, I don’t),” came the reply to which one of Yadav’s supporters shouted “MLA saheb hain Godda se”.
RJD MLA Suresh Paswan, also state tourism minister, and Lalu’s son Tejaswi went together to meet the jailed leader around 4 pm.
Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, a minister in Haryana government, and the father-in-law of Lalu’s daughter Anushka, also paid him a visit in the evening.
It is unlikely that tomorrow will bring any reason to offer sweets to Lalu, but still Birsa Munda Central Jail doctors have told the VVIP diabetic inmate to go easy on sugar.
This morning, Lalu breakfasted on dahi (curd), gur (jaggery) and tea with sugar, not the ideal breakfast for a diabetic on medication for years.
“Thoda mitha kam khaiyega, chai mein bhi thoda kam chini lijiyega (have less sugar, even in tea),” a jail doctor — Birsa Munda prison has a team of five doctors and a dentist — told Lalu this morning.
“Laluji said he had been taking medicines for diabetes and BP prescribed by doctors at AIIMS, New Delhi,” one of them told The Telegraph later.
So far, his BP and blood glucose levels are within limits.
This morning, when Lalu didn’t have visitors, he chatted with prison officials and other fodder scam inmates — former RJD MP R.K. Rana and JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma, who defected from the RJD.