Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is awaiting for his scam verdict today along with 40 others, and with this the question of leadership has started to haunt his party. If Lalu is convicted in the case, the party might have to brace for his political absence for years. An adverse verdict for Lalu would be a bad timing with the Lok Sabha elections just round the corner.
According to legal experts, former Chief minister of Bihar
is likely to be convicted by the trial court and depending on the quantum of punishment he will have to spend some time in jail. Lalu might not get bail until he completes at least 50 percent of the jail sentence term.
The verdict on Lalu will effect RJD, as to who will handle the affiars of the party, replacing Lalu Yadav. Lalu's younger son Tejaswi, has been politically active for the past few years, but Lalu's wife and also a former Chief Minister of Bihar, Rabri Devi has favored her elder son Tej Pratap.
The party leaders, in fact wanted Rabri Devi to take the reins in her hand herself. Amidst this leadership change, many party members are likely to quit the party, which might prove to be bad for Lalu's team ahead of polls, reported nnis.
Besides the RJD supremo, others accused in this scam are former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma. Lalu and Mishra have already reached Ranchi to appear before the court, where they refused to talk to media.