Lalu Prasad

Feb 19, 2020, 05.41 AM IST



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  • "Janta malik hai," said Nitish Kumar with hands folded above his head and the ghost of a smile playing on his lips as he sauntered past a posse of journalists tossing queries on the sidelines of a function where he unveiled a statue of RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

    Prashant Kishor had joined hands with the AAP in December last year, and he advised the party to not respond to the negative campaigning of the BJP, which were focussed more on the anti-CAA protests in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh.

    Statistically, if the entire anti-BJP vote consolidates, then the story is actually of counter-polarisation, not old-school BJP polarisation. So BJP was able to win 34 seats in the 2013 Delhi assembly polls with a 33% vote share because the anti-BJP vote split between AAP and Congress. Now, it has just eight seats despite a 6% jump simply because Congress has touched 4.3%.

    Prasad, who had founded the party in 1997, is at Ranchi serving sentences in fodder scam cases and his nomination papers were submitted at the RJD state headquarters by his sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav.

    Election strategist' Prashant Kishor and retired diplomat Pavan Varma, who were expelled from JDU, seemed to have failed to understand the fundamentals of their party chief Nitish Kumar.

    After the re-election of Lalu Prasad Yadav as national president on December 3 last year, the party had decided to ensure reservation for all categories in the selection of the party office-bearers and in the organisation. However, it is yet to take that decision forward.

    Amid heavy security by Hyderabad police at the CBI court, media persons were restricted to the main gain of the court. People aware of the matter told ET that during nearly two hours of in-camera proceedings in the CBI court, Reddy urged the court to club all the 11 chargesheets CBI filed against him for the trial.

    AAP is betting big on its track record on improving government education, hospitals and mohalla clinics, besides freebies like free bus rides for women, free WiFi, ‘almost free’ water for the poor and lower electricity charges.

    Celebrations for Chhath puja are grand every year at Lalu Prasad's home but things have changed now as the RJD chief is away in Ranchi serving a jail term and his two sons having had a falling out with each other. Lalu Prasad is observing Chhath in the paying ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, where he is undergoing treatment.

    The meeting-cum-open session was attended by Prasads two sons - Tejashwi and Tej Pratap who have not been on the best of terms since their entry into politics four years ago. His wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi and daughter Misa Bharti, an MP, remained conspicuous by their absence.

    However, he will remain in jail in two other cases related to the scam.

    This will be Soren's second stint as the chief minister of the tribal state. His first had lasted for just about 14 months since July 15 2013. With support from his allies - the Congress and the RJD - Soren, who had been the face of the coalition, stormed to power, as his party alone won 30 Assembly seats, its highest tally ever.

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