Jailed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Friday slammed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act saying he was ‘still capable of taking on the enemies despite having suffered a thousand wounds”. Lalu Prasad, who is currently serving sentences is fodder scam cases, took to Twitter to post an Urdu couplet which roughly means- “The flames of my eyes are still burning bright and my principles are still alive, you people must not feel dejected as the sick man is still alive. I am still capable of taking on enemies despite having suffered a thousand wounds, thank God, my self-respect is intact”, reports News Agency PTI.
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However, the official Twitter handle of the RJD leader clearly mentions “My (Lalu Prasad’s) Twitter handle shall be operated by my office in consultation with family.”
The tweet along with Lalu’s message also carries an old video footage of him at a public meeting in which he can be seen lashing out against the Modi government at the Centre for its failure to fulfil the promise of bringing back black money and pursuing “communal agenda of the RSS”.
JD(U) spokesperson and minister in Bihar government, Neeraj Kumar was quick to respond as he replied, “Eager to distribute certificates of secularism, @laluprasadRJD seems to suffer from amnesia. He should recall his speech on the floor of the Lok Sabha on December 29, 1989 wherein he had targeted the Congress for the Bhagalpur riots and alleged that the conflagration was engineered to defame the BJP and the RSS.”
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Moreover, Lalu Prasad joins the likes of Mamata Banerjee, Amarinder Singh, Pinarayi Vijayan who have openly voiced their opposition regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
The act, however, after clearing the legislative stage, is set to face legal scrutiny in Supreme Court.
As many as 13 petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of act. According to the amended Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and face religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.