Shibu Soren interacts with mediapersons in Dumka on Sunday. (Rajesh Pandey)
Dumka, Oct. 6: JMM supremo today said the conviction of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam case recently was justified, a comment that might embarrass the government led by his son Hemant Soren and supported by the Congress and RJD.
“Lalu ne jaisa kiya hai, waisa bhara hai (Lalu is paying the price for what he did,” Shibu told reporters during a news conference at his Khijuria-based residence here this morning.
He arrived in Dumka yesterday on a three-day visit to attend a number of party programmes.
Shibu further said politicians should take a cue from Lalu’s punishment and refrain from any such misadventure that undermined the people’s faith in the political class. The RJD chief is currently serving a five-year sentence at Birsa Munda jail, Ranchi.
The JMM patriarch’s observation comes as sharp contrast to the stand taken by Hemant, who has been apparently soft towards one the main coalition partners, RJD.
Interestingly, Shibu yesterday termed the performance of his son’s government as average. While many see it as the veteran leader’s growing frustration for losing his grip on the coalition, his comment underlined a popular sentiment about the government.
Notably, the JMM chief was denied the post of the steering committee’s chairman in the new government. He had graced the position in the previous Arjun Munda government also supported by the JMM.
Contrary to the Congress’s claims, Shibu said there had been no seat-sharing pact between the JMM and the national party for the coming general elections.
“We have not entered into any seat-sharing arrangement with any party as yet. If it materialises with the Congress, we will stake claims on seven seats,” he said.
Asked if the present government too might collapse like the previous one, Shibu said everything was possible in politics and people must not be surprised if it happened.