Lalu Prasad Yadav is still a factor of Indian politics

Patna: Lalu Prasad was elected as president of his party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for the ninth consecutive term on Sunday and used the occasion to launch a scathing attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not matching his “high voltage assertions on Pakistan before elections with deeds”.

“You (Modi) used to brag about 56 inch chest and asserting that your future government will answer any misadventure from across the border eyeball to eyeball… So how did Pakistani terrorists enter our home in Pathankot and kill our brave soldiers?” he asked. The country is not safe in the hands of BJP, he asserted, and urged secular forces to unite against it.

Prasad said after the “stupendous” victory in Bihar, he, along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, would work to unite secular forces across the country to oust BJP from “Hastinapur” (Delhi). He attacked BJP for allegedly trying to create a rift between him and Kumar and said there is no “difference” between them.
“Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi raised a hue and cry when I visited IGIMS hospital and talked to civil surgeon of Darbhanga for reinstatement of four ‘Mamata’ (post birth care health official) staff in Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital. Before raising fingers at me, Sushil Modi and BJP should explain in what capacity RSS reviews functioning of Narendra Modi government,” he said. RJD National Election Officer Jagdanand Singh announced Prasad’s re-election and handed over a certificate to him at a function at S K Memorial hall here.

Prasad has been at the helm of RJD since its inception in 1997 after he broke away from Janata Dal. His wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi greeted him on his re-election by presenting him two roses much to the glee of shutterbugs. Besides Rabri Devi, RJD vice-president Raghubansh Prasad Singh, his two minister sons Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav and a host of ministers of the state and leaders from different states were present at the function.

Lalu’s conviction in a fodder scam case in 2013 came as a personal blow to him as it led to his immediate disqualification from the Lok Sabha and a ban from contesting an election at least for six years. Yadavs are considered not only loyal to Lalu Prasad but is also a strong force to counter upper caste dominance in state politics in the last over two decades.Rashtriya Janata Dal winning a massive mandate in the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections, the veteran politician not only bounced back but also emerged as a real winner and the kingmaker.