After three months of gloom and anxiety, RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s sprawling bungalow on 10 Circular Road in Patna gleamed with celebrations.
With the Supreme Court granting bail to Lalu, who is lodged in a Jharkhand jail for his role in a fodder scam, the RJD chief’s wife and former Bihar chief minister, Rabri Devi, looked relaxed.
Rabri said she always had faith in the judiciary. "I am happy. Yes, I am relieved too, she said, waving a victory sign."
Her elder son, Tej Pratap, waved at the crowd of party supporters from the balcony. Tejaswi, the younger son who has started his Chetna rally, said from Jamui the apex court order was a welcome step.
Lalu’s aides distributed sweets among the journalists who waited outside the bungalow to capture the mood of Lalu’s family members.
In the state assembly, RJD legislators were upbeat and united, indicating the party’s flock was together despite the speculations of defections and cracks in Lalu’s absence.
Firebrand RJD legislator Dinesh Kumar Singh was the most enthusiastic in the lot, distributing sweets among fellow MLAs, staff and security personnel at the assembly.
Senior RJD leaders, including former minister and Rabri aide Veena Shahi, reached Lalu’s residence soon after receiving the news.
Asked whether there was there any special plan to welcome Lalu, Rabri said, "Yes, if he orders something special to eat, I will definitely prepare it.
Rabri added she had prayed for her husband’s release during the Chhath festival, in which the couple takes part every year.
"He is my hero and resides in my heart," Rabri said.
Lalu was lodged in jail this October after his conviction by a special CBI court in the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 37.70 crore from the Chaibasa treasury. Lalu missed out on the Chhatth festivities this year.