PATNA: Dissident BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha met the family members of Lalu Prasad here, a day after visiting the jailed RJD president at a hospital in Ranchi where he is being treated.
While Sinha called on Prasad on Saturday after a CBI court handed him 14 years’ jail term in a fodder scam case, he travelled to Rabri Devi’s 10 Circular Road residence here yesterday to meet her and her sons.
Photographs of Sinha with Rabri and her sons — Tejashwi and TejPratapYadav — figured prominently in newspapers and social media much to the discomfort of the BJP whose leaders have been attacking the RJD supremo on corruption charges.
Sinha, who has been at odds with his party leadership ever since he was ignored in the 2015 Bihar polls, defended seeing Prasad and his family, saying it was a “personal” matter and was about his “sanskar” (values).
“For me, it’s like once a friend always a friend,” he told PTI on Tuesday. “It is my principle not to consider political opponents as enemy.”
He asserted his meeting should not be seen through political prims. “I went to meet Prasad and his kin to be with the family in this hour of crisis.”
Sinha had some kind words for the jailed RJD supremo also, who he said was a “victim of conspiracy of circumstances”.
“I hope he (Prasad) will get justice sooner or latter,” he said.