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Soothsayers, fortune tellers throng Lalu's residence

PTI  Patna, March 13, 2014
First Published: 19:30 IST(13/3/2014) | Last Updated: 19:31 IST(13/3/2014)

Astrologers, soothsayers and even occultists are thronging the residence of RJD president Lalu Prasad to bless him and help him "win" the elections.

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Sources said the RJD chief has not invited them to his house at 10 Circular Road, but the saffron-robed tribe came being aware that Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi have faith in astrology.

The RJD chief is known for believing in fortune and frequently visits 'Augarh Baba' and 'Pagla Baba' to seek their blessings.

One such astrologer, a 74-year-old priest, clad in faded saffron robes and over a dozen necklaces of rudraksha beads dangling down his chest, was waiting patiently on a chair. He has come all the way from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.

"I can see past, present and future. I have come here to bless Lalu Prasad and tell him what he should do in the elections to win," said the priest, who goes by his adopted name Awadhoot Bhagwan.

Another one, Mati Gadi, 70, from West Champaran district, around 200 km northwest of Patna, claims himself to be a specialist in warding off the evil-eye.

"Bad people have cast an evil-eye on Lalu ji. I will meet him and remove it in a moment," said Gadi, who also claims to be a staunch supporter of the political leader.

The security personnel belonging to the Special Branch of the Bihar Police and posted at Prasad's residence have a difficult time dealing with them.

"The number of such people increases around election time. They may foretell something about past and future, but their intention is to seek money or other things from Prasad or his family members," Uma Shankar Singh of the Special Branch said.


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