On the very first day of going on air, the Republic TV allegedly showed a conversation between RJD chief Lalu Prasad and criminal turned politician Mohammed Shahabuddin on a tape, with the latter issuing instructions. As per the report, the RJD chief is yet to respond to allegations.

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This is such baseless & made up story on @laluprasadrjd ji on @republic tv. Coz if true 1st answer how do u have pvt conversation ?
? Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) May 6, 2017
Arnab called on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to respond on the incident and taken an action. Responding to the entire episode, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Sushil Modi said, ‘Lalu must quit public life’. “Republic of Arnab has exposed how Lalu is taking instructions from Dreaded criminal ShShahabuddinill Nitish act?” wrote Modi on his twitter account. However, Tehseen Poonawalla called it a completely baseless report. “This is such baseless & made up story on @laluprasadrjd ji on @republic tv. Coz if true 1st answer how do u have pvt conversation?” he posted on Twitter.’
The channel claimed that Lalu was taking instructions from Shahahbuddin on phone over riots. the channel quoted former Delhi CM and Congress leader Sheila Dixit who refused to comment on the incident by saying, “Not my style to comment on others.”

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