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Lalu buses to take on Nitish cycles!

Anirban Guha Roy, Hindustan Times  Patna, September 15, 2012
First Published: 21:39 IST(15/9/2012) | Last Updated: 22:16 IST(15/9/2012)

Nobody can perhaps hold back Lalu Prasad, the indomitable RJD chief from springing back to political life from time to time.

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Having stayed away a long time from Bihar and its politics, ever since his drubbing in the last assembly polls in 2007, Prasad is back at what he knows best-getting back at chief minister, Nitish Kumar.

On Saturday, his representatives handed over a letter to Saran district magistrate, Vinay Kumar, announcing his intention to donate 57 Mahindra buses for schools and colleges in his constituency of Chapra, 60 km north-west of Patna and across the Ganga.

“It is from my MPLAD funds that had been held up since the last few sessions”, an irrepressive Prasad informed Hindustan Times. He said, “Each 32-seater bus will cost Rs. 13 lakh and I am putting up Rs. 15 crore for it. They will serve both-colleges and schools. That's the least, I can do for my people, who are bored of Nitish Kumar's cycle”, Prasad added for political punch.

The Lok Sabha website informs, that Prasad has not spent his MPLAD fund for the last three years and the accumulated sum of Rs. 15 crore is available.

Disrict Magistrate, Saran confirmed that the 'go-ahead' to use the MP's funds has been received by the administration on Saturday.

Sources said, “Prasad has himself selected the beneficiary institutions and also advised to set up a maintenance fund, to be collected in smallest amount from students'. The sum needed for 50 buses is available immediately. One of the buses is meant for PG department of Jaya Prakash University, Chapra.

Prasad, however, is also roping in his colleagues, former union rural development minister, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, MP for Vaishali and Jagtanand Singh, MP of Buxar to do the same for their districts, though the other league, Umashankar Singh , MP of Maharajganj could not be contacted.

Prasad has been trying to make a strong comeback to Bihar political mainstream with Nitish Kumar coaxing him to rejoin the 'war' sooner.

Prasad has stayed away for long and in the interregnum, married off three daughters besides settling his eldest son in business through a two-wheeler agency in Bihar's Aurangabad, which has aptly been christened Lara agency for Lalu and Rabri Devi. He also, managed to get Rabri back as an MLC. He will soon be launching the fourth leg of his Parivartan Yatra on September 19 to match Nitish Kumar's Adhikar Yatra, which starts the same day from Bettiah.


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