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Samosa and Lalu: 10 best quotes of the Bihar politician

Sony Sheetal Tirkey, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, September 30, 2013
First Published: 16:27 IST(30/9/2013) | Last Updated: 21:04 IST(30/9/2013)

Lalu Prasad may have been just convicted by a CBI court and sent to jail in the multi-crore fodder scam, but Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief has always managed to be the nation's official rib tickler. Here are some of his unbeatable quotes that cracked us up throughout his political career.

1. 'Jab tak Samosa mein rahega aalu, Bihar mein rahega Lalu'. (Ahead of Bihar state elections.)

2. 'I will make Bihar's roads as smooth as Hema Malini's cheeks.'--later retracted (supposedly said after the actress called him to complain about the state poor roads.)

3. 'If Hema Malini is my fan, I'm her air conditioner.' (after a journalist told him that Hema Malini was his fan.)

4. 'Indian Railways is the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma. So is the safety of passengers... It is His duty, not mine. I have been forced to don His mantle.' (commenting on increasing railway mishaps.)

5. 'I work so much. If I don't get all the comforts, I will turn mad.' (while reacting to criticism of his adversaries that he always travelled in a salon.)

6. 'If you do not milk the cow fully, it falls sick.' (economic principle coined to describe the 'turnaround' in railway ministry under his leadership.)

7. 'People all over the world want to know how the son of a cowherd has risen to such heights. Their interest in me is a victory of Indian democracy. (Prasad quipped on why the world was curious about him.)

8. 'My mother always told me not to handle a buffalo by its tail, but always catch it by its horns. And I have used that lesson in everything in my life, including the Railways.' (Upon handling the railway portfolio in the UPA government.)

9. 'Narendra Modi will go mad in the next few days. He is mad in his desire to become the Prime Minister of our nation.' (Following Narendra Modi's attack on Congress government during a rally in Chhattisgarh in September this year.)

10. 'Though my rivals dub me as 'joker and a clown', the world wants to know who this person is and how he rose from a humble background to this height, I have come to know that the sociology department of Harvard University is doing a research on me.' (Following the music cassette release of Bollywood film 'Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav', in which he did a cameo.)


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