The relations between RJD and JDU in Bihar already appear strained, and to make it worse, a new tape has surfaced in the media that carries the alleged recording of a conversation between RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and don-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, who is currently in Tihar jail. The tape has been aired by Republic TV channel and it has attracted criticism from various politicians. The tape shows that political leaders are working in the shadow of criminals, something that is a worrying situation for any state. After the tape was released, opposition parties have started targeting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his inability to rein in criminals. Some leaders from opposition parties have demanded a probe in the matter whereas others are asking for the resignation of the Chief Minister.
In one of the conversations, Shahabuddin says to Lalu, “your SP (Superintendent of Police) is of no use”. In another conversation, Lalu appears to be taking instructions from Shahabuddin. Shahabuddin says that police deployment should not have been there in Siwan on Ram Navami Day. Reacting to the development, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that people like Shahabuddin represent the worst form of criminal-political nexus in the country.