The new Rashtriya Janata Dal National Executive has new faces like Lalu Prasad's sons -- Tejashwi Yadav, who is Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, and Tej Pratap, a former Health Minister.
Lalu, accompanied by his elder son Tej Pratap, arrived at court for hearing in the fifth fodder scam case RC47A/96, related to Doranda Treasury.
Without naming RJD, Nitish Kumar said that he had not turned his back on any of his govt's agenda but found it difficult to work with people who believed in using power for amassing wealth.
Special court judge SS Prasad will deliver judgment in the case, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993.
The 79-year-old Jha died due to various problems including organ failure, cardiac arrest and septic shock in the national capital.
The former Bihar chief minister, who is lodged in Ranchi's Bira Munda jail, was earlier this month sentenced to three-and-a-half-years jail in second case of over Rs 900 crore fodder scam linked to illegal withdrawal of money from Deogarh treasury.
Rabri Devi, a former Bihar chief minister, told reporters at the residence of Gangotri Devi that the latter was about four years elder to the RJD chief and that she had not been keeping well for some time.
Lalu, who was till now imprisoned in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Jail, will be transported to Hazaribagh open jail today, where he will reportedly be employed as a gardner.
The special CBI court in Ranchi sentenced Lalu to three-and-a-half years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him in the fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.
CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh, who had convicted Prasad, along with 10 others on December 23, also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him for two cases in the scam.
The Special CBI Court had on December 23 convicted Lalu for offences of cheating with criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The assertions were made by Shivanand Tiwary and senior party leader Jagdanand Singh.
On December 23 last year, the court had convicted Lalu and 15 others in a case related to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury in Bihar between 1990 and 1994.
Shivanand Tiwary accused Nitish Kumar of giving up his commitment to secularism in order to cosy up to Narendra Modi with whom he had shared cold vibes in the past.
JD(U) spokesman and MLC Neeraj Kumar countered Choudhary's assertions, saying, "Prasad has been held guilty in a two-decades-old corruption case by a court of law. Where is the question of vendetta?"
Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel and Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav shared a few light moments on Twitter over their mutual admiration for lanterns.