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Lalu & family invoke gods, seek astrological remedies to tide over ‘difficult’ times 

On Saturday, nine priests were reportedly called to Lalu Prasad’s house to recite Sunderkand, a chapter in Ramcharitra Manas, to invoke Lord Hanuman and seek his blessings to overcome obstacles and ward off any negative vibe.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 18:32 IST
Anirban Guha Roy
Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Yadav performing ‘rudrabhishek’ of Lord Shiva at a temple in Sonepur
Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Yadav performing ‘rudrabhishek’ of Lord Shiva at a temple in Sonepur (HT file photo)

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RJD president Lalu Prasad and his family seem to be busy in performing religious rituals and seeking astrological remedies, apparently to tide over the ‘difficult times’ they were facing at present.

Allegations of dubious financial deals have recently been levelled against Prasad’s family and the reopening of fodder scam cases, in which the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief is an accused, has only added to their trouble.

On Saturday, nine priests were reportedly called to Prasad’s 10, Circular Road house to recite the Sundarkand, a chapter in the Ramcharitamanas, to invoke Lord Hanuman and seek His blessings to overcome obstacles and ward off any negative energy.

The priests, who were seen going inside the house with harmonium, dholaks and other music instruments, confirmed to reporters that they had been called to recite the Sundarkand.

Close aides of the RJD chief, however, denied any such religious event at Prasad’s house.

“No, we have not organised any such religious event,” one of them said.

Prasad’s elder son and health minister Tej Pratap Yadav, who is regarded as most religious among the RJD chief’s children, has also been doing his bit to propitiate gods. Having visited the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh and various temples at other places recently, Tej Pratap is said to have made structural changes at his official bungalow, 3 KG Marg, after BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi accused him of opening a petrol pump without following proper norms.

The licence of the petrol pump was subsequently cancelled, but a Patna court later stayed the execution of the cancellation order.

Sources close to the RJD chief’s family said Tej Pratap had even got one of the gates of his official bungalow closed on the advice of an astrologer. The astrologer had reportedly told him that using the rear gate to enter the house would bring him bad luck and invite trouble, especially litigations.

During his visit to Vrindavan, Tej Pratap had given alms to widows in the pilgrimage town associated with Lord Krishna on the advice of astrologers. The astrologers had apparently told him that giving alms to widows would help him ward off enemies, negativity and all things evil.

“Prasad’s children appear to be worried over the growing attack from the BJP, a reason why they are taking more astrological advice these days,” said a leader of the ruling Grand Alliance, seeking anonymity. Last month, Sushil Kumar Modi had alleged that Tej Pratap had performed ‘yajna’ at his official residence.

A week back, Prasad’s younger son and Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap had visited the Hariharnath temple at Sonepur in north Bihar and performed Rudrabhishek, the ritual bathing of the Shivaling.

The visits by the siblings to pay obeisance at the temple, considered one of the oldest shrines of Lord Shiva in north Bihar, was seen as an act to keep off negative influences and vanquish their enemies through divine intervention.

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Allegations of dubious financial deals have recently been levelled against Prasad’s family and the reopening of fodder scam cases, in which the RJD chief is an accused, has only added to their trouble