Downcast after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's conviction in a fodder scam case, his wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi on Monday said that he has become a victim of opposition conspiracy.
She also said that in his absence, she and her two sons will lead the RJD and work hard to strengthen the party.
"Laluji has become a victim of opposition conspiracy," Rabri Devi told mediapersons at her official residence in Patna.
She said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had raided her house as well as her relatives' houses but failed to recover any money of fodder scam.
"Nothing was recovered from our house, it was a conspiracy to frame Laluji," she said.
"Laluji was sent to jail earlier in the fodder case also but RJD remained united and intact. We are confident that party will go on," she said.
Who said what
Arun Jaitley (BJP)
"It has taken 17 years for justice to be done... When conviction appeared to be inevitable, the UPA even prepared for life after conviction. The amendment to section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act was proposed. When Parliament did not approve the Bill and referred it to the (Parliamentary) standing committee, the shameless UPA government approved an ordinance," he wrote in his website.
"Today we have all understood why this ordinance was brought. Its only object was to help a loyal UPA ally who was likely to be convicted. In the end justice has prevailed. Be you ever so high the law is above you," he said attacking the government.
Rajnath Singh (BJP chief)
"There is a crisis of credibility now regarding politicians of the country, and I believe there is a need to ensure that politicians do not indulge in anything that could malign them," he said.
Digvijaya Singh (Congress general secretary)
"I am sad about the fact that Lalu Prasad Yadavji has been found guilty; .....I am sure he will be able to prove his innocence in the higher court," Singh told reporters here.
"He has been a trusted and an old partner of the Congress Party," he added.
Meira Kumar (Lok Sabha Speaker)
"You see, the moment I landed at Coimbatore, I heard about the judgement about Lalu Prasad. A decision will be taken on his disqualification (as MP) after going through the judgement," she said.
"We have not received the judgement copy yet. Moreover, the quantum of punishment is yet to be pronounced. After that only it will be decided," she said when asked what will be the fate of Prasad's Lok Sabha membership.
Nitish Kumar (Bihar chief minister)
"I do not wish to make any comment on a court order," Kumar told reporters when asked for his reaction.
Sharad Yadav (JD-U president)
"We feel bad but law is law for everybody.... If you do wrong you will be punished definetely.... Law is equal for everybody," he told reporters at Madhepura, his Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar.
Rashid Alvi (Congress leader)
"To think that the ordinance was brought to save a particular person is wrong," said Alvi.
Mamata Banerjee (Trinamool Congress chief)
"I heard Laluji has been sent to jail after being convicted by a CBI court. I tell everybody, don't be greedy even for a day, because that may ruin your tomorrow," Banerjee said, while addressing an extended Trinamool Congress general council meeting at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.
"If we are satisfied with a diet of rice and fish, or rice and lentils, and by wearing ordinary clothes, we will live happily and peacefully. Life is transient. You will not be there tomorrow. For whom will you leave your wealth? There is no end to this," she added.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)