In the upcoming presidential election, Lalu Prasad Yadav plans to throw his hat in the ring, steadfast in his belief that there must be a Bihari in the contest. However, he is not the chief of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
A resident of Saran district, which incidentally has been the karmabhoomi (land of work) of his famous name, Yadav claims he has already booked a flight ticket to Delhi, where he filed his nomination papers on June 15. has been proposed. He had filed his nomination. There were papers in 2017 too, when the contest was between Ram Nath Kovind, the then governor of Bihar, who won, and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, who was a native of the soil.
My papers were rejected last time because they were not supported by a sufficient number of proposers. This time, I am better prepared, Yadav told PTI over phone.
A resident of Yadav Rahimpur village in Marhaura assembly constituency of Saran, Yadav, barely 42 years old, is the son of the RJD president, though, like the latter, he also looks after a large family.
I practice agriculture for a living and engage in social work. I have seven children. My eldest daughter is married, Yadav said.
It is not surprising that the acronym calls him Dharti Pakad (cling to the earth), which in India’s political lexicon is associated with those who prefer to contest elections for adventure and publicity.
Yadav scoffs at his chin and recalls with pride that the RJD supremo blamed me for the defeat of his wife Rabri Devi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Former Chief Minister Rabri Devi herself had contested from Saran, which was earlier represented by her husband, who was disqualified in 2013 after being convicted in the fodder scam.
She lost to BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who rode Narendra Modi Lehar, by a margin of around 50,000 votes.
Lalu Prasad Yadav got less than 10,000 votes and his deposit was forfeited.
Fearless Yadav again jumped into the fray in 2019 and got nearly six thousand votes.
I keep trying my luck from panchayat to president post. If nothing else, I can come up with the record for most contested elections, he said with a forceful expression.