Lalu shifted to Ranchi hospital

Ranchi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was moved to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here on Tuesday, a day after he was discharged from AIIMS in New Delhi where he was being treated for heart and kidney related ailments.

The former Bihar chief minister reached Ranchi by Rajdhani Express. He was taken to RIMS in an ambulance and was admitted in the cardiology department.

“We are waiting for a medial report from RIMS. Based on it, we will take a decision on Lalu Yadav,” an official of the Birsa Munda Central Jail told IANS.

Lalu Prasad was admitted to RIMS on March 17 following complaints of uneasiness in the Birsa Munda Jail where he was serving a prison term since December 23, 2017 in connection with the fodder scam.

He has been convicted in four fodder scam cases since 2013 — the latest being the Dumka treasury case in which a special CBI court sentenced him to 14 years in jail.

Lalu Prasad on Monday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his sudden shifting from the AIIMS, shortly after Congress President Rahul Gandhi called on him.

Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister C.P. Thakur on Tuesday taunted RJD chief Lalu Prasad, saying he is suffering from a “political disease” and not from any physical disease, and there is no treatment for this disease in AIIMS.

Thakur’s remarks followed the hue and cry made by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders here as convicted Lalu Prasad was shifted to Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Tuesday, a day after he was discharged from AIIMS in Delhi. He was undergoing treatment for heart and kidney-related ailments at AIIMS.

Thakur, a well known physician himself, told the media: “Lalu has no physical ailment … he suffers from political disease, which has no cure anywhere, not even at AIIMS.”

Thakur, in his mid-80s, said that the theory of conspiracy and political pressure to shift Lalu to Ranchi were all baseless allegations.

Lalu’s younger son and Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav, said on Monday that the decision to shift his father from AIIMS in New Delhi to the Ranchi hospital was part of a conspiracy to kill him.

“Laluji is not well, he is still seriously ill. I met him last week and saw his bad health condition. It is surprising why Laluji has been shifted from AIIMS to a Ranchi hospital. Everyone knows AIIMS is best for treatment for Laluji who is suffering from several serious diseases,” Tejashwi said.

Lalu had also claimed that it was a conspiracy to shift him from AIIMS to Ranchi.

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