PATNA: RJD president Lalu Prasad has been caught in a peculiar situation as the jailed Siwan don Mohammad Shahabuddin’s wife Heena Shahab is said to be insistent on going to Rajya Sabha.
According to media reports, Prasad earlier was considering to give her a berth in the Rajya Sabha given her family ‘loyalty’ towards the party all these years but dropped this idea later after the needle of suspicion suddenly moved towards her husband in the journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case.
Shahabuddin was shifted to Bhagalpur central prison from his home town Siwan jail after he was found holding a “court” inside the jail in utter violation of jail manual and after the police began investigating his role in the journalist murder case.
The police say they have not got specific proof of his involvement in the murder case which is waiting to be taken over by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar made recommendation for it.
Now, the RJD chief wants to nominate Shahabuddin’s wife to Bihar Legislative Council but she is not interested in this offer, and wants to get only RS nomination, reports in local media added.
The RJD which came into power well after a decade wanted to accommodate Yadav and Muslim candidates on the both the RS seats of the total five coming to its shares as a reward to the two communities which lent huge support to the party in the recently-held state assembly polls in Bihar.
It was under this strategy, reports said, that Prasad had planned to nominate both his wife Rabri Devi and Heena Shahab to Upper House of Parliament.
Post the murder of journalist Ranjan, however, the entire strategy has got topsy-turvy.
Now, Prasad is not said to be interested in even nominating his wife to Rajya Sabha; rather he wants to send his daughter Misa Bharti to the Upper House. The issue is yet to be settled although the JD-U has already announced the names of its candidates.
The RJD is likely to nominate the famed criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani to the other RS seat coming to its share.