The BJP on Monday ridiculed Jharkhand Opposition leaders for sitting in the lap of jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad to get a road map for Mahagathbandhan despite the former Bihar Chief Minister being a convict and a known opponent of the creation of Jharkhand. Soren’s visitBJPs State unit spokesman Pratul Shahdeo’s sneer comment came in the background of JMM working president and former Chief Minister Hemant Soren visiting Lalu at the RIIMS recently among other leaders. After prolonged political process, Jhakhand was created in 2000 out of the Bihar.‘Shameful and sad’ It is shameful and sad to see these Opposition leaders heading parties, beginning with the name of Jharkhand, sitting in the lap of a convict, Lalu Prasad, to get an outline of their Mahagathbandhan, Mr. Shahdeo said here. Mr. Shahdeo said despite knowing him as a strong opponent of Jharkhand Statehood during the Statehood struggle when Lalu was the Chief Minister, the opposition party leaders are sitting in the lap of him. It is an insult to the martyrs of Jharkhand, he said. Lalu, who is serving prison term following his conviction in fodder scam cases, is presently undergoing treatment at RIIMS. Former Union Minister Sharad Yadav, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha, Congress leaders Subodh Kant Sahay and Shakeel Ahmed, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party head Upendra Kushwaha, besides Hemant Soren, Prasads sons Tejeswi and Tej Pratap, had met Lalu during the last fortnight in course of strengthening mahagathbandhan in Bihar and Jharkhand.