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Lalu family feud: Sadhu to contest against Rabri

PTI  Patna, March 25, 2014
First Published: 15:19 IST(25/3/2014) | Last Updated: 20:43 IST(25/3/2014)

RJD president Lalu Prasad's brother-in-law Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav on Tuesday announced that he would contest Lok Sabha election from Saran as an Independent against his sister Rabri Devi.

"I will fight Saran Lok Sabha election as an Independent," Yadav told PTI.

Asked the reason behind the decision to fight poll against sister, Yadav who yielded considerable influence during previous RJD regime, said "chunav ke samay janata me khulasa karege (I will reveal everything in front of public during election)."

When queried if it was not a surprising decision to have political battle within the family, Yadav said "siyasat me sab chalta hai (in politics its a common feature)."

The announcement of Sadhu Yadav to enter into fray from Saran could spell trouble for Rabri Devi who is in the fray from the seat to hold the seat from where her husband Lalu Prasad entered into electoral politics winning Parliamentary election for the first time in 1977 and where he was disqualified recently after conviction in a fodder scam case.

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Rabri Devi is already facing stiff challenge from senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy on the seat that would go to poll in the fifth phase on May 7.

Sadhu Yadav, the controversial brother-in-law of Lalu Prasad, called the shot during RJD rule in Bihar for 15 years from 1990 to 2005. He was considered a strength behind Prasad during the period.

He, however, fell out with Prasad later on and was removed from the party during 2009 Parliamentary election. Yadav had unsuccessfully fought that election as Congress candidate from Bettiah.

Congress also removed him recently after he met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at Ahmedabad.

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