The RJD, facing a leadership crisis, is facing the threat of internal rebellions and defections

A day after Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad was convicted in the Chaibasa treasury case, the Janata Dal (United) made overtures to RJD leaders, who are facing the prospect of facing a general election without their party chief.

“There are some good people in the RJD too. They should quit RJD and join the JD (U). They should walk with us and further our fight for secularism, democracy and socialism. All those good people who desire change in this country and society, the JD (U) will welcome them,” Agriculture minister Narendra Singh told reporters.

With Mr. Prasad in jail, the RJD is facing a leadership crisis. The party is facing the threat of internal rebellions and defections.

Meanwhile, contrary to the BJP’s stand on the verdict, party MP Shatrughan Sinha declared his solidarity with Mr. Prasad’s family.

“My prayers and wishes are with Mr. Prasad. I stand by his family. I hope he will come out clean in this case,” he said.

Earlier, the actor-turned-politician had upset the party leadership by praising Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.