Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi Tuesday took strong exception to the "political comments" made on the official Twitter handle of RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is serving jail in a number of fodder scam cases.
Accusing Yadav of "doing politics from jail", Modi urged the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take note and apprise the court of his activities.
"Convicted in four fodder scam cases, Lalu Prasad can, during his sentence period, neither contest elections nor issue political statements. The CBI should take note of his flagrant violation of jail rules by making political comments through tweets. The agency should bring it to the attention of the court. Lalu Prasad is doing politics from jail," the deputy CM tweeted.
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's outburst comes in the wake of tweets severely critical of the Narendra Modi government on the Rafale deal which appeared on Yadav's official Twitter handle recently.
Yadav's Twitter handle is said to be managed by people close to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo, who is ailing and currently lodged in a Ranchi hospital.
Meanwhile, the Bihar deputy chief minister drew flak from Opposition leaders on his reported statement in Gaya on
Sunday, where he "with folded hands" urged criminals of the pilgrim town to refrain from anti-social activities during the ongoing Pitri Paksh Mela.
A day after RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav mocked Modi's statement and said the latter could soon fall at the feet of criminals, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) general secretary Tariq Anwar termed (Modi's) statement as "shameful" and tantamount to "abdication of responsibility".
"It seems the Bihar government has completely lost its grip on law and order. We wonder what has happened to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's proclaimed zero tolerance towards corruption and crime when his deputy is cutting such a sorry figure," Anwar told PTI.
"It seems rule of law has been replaced with rule of 'AK 47 rifles' in Bihar where the Deputy CM is begging before criminals and illegal liquor trade is thriving amid pompous claims of prohibition," former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha president Jitan Ram Manjhi told reporters in Sheikhpura district.
Manjhi asserted that the 'Mahagathbandhan' (alliance of Opposition parties) was united in its resolve to dislodge the BJP from power and that smaller National Democratic Alliance (NDA) allies like Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) were "feeling uncomfortable" in the coalition.