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Old guard unhappy with ‘dynastic tendencies’ of RJD

Srinand Jha, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 04, 2013
First Published: 01:29 IST(4/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:30 IST(4/10/2013)

The RJD old guard is unhappy with former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi’s assertion that she and her sons would supervise the party affairs during the period of her husband Lalu Prasad’s incarceration.

The day the designated CBI court at Ranchi sentenced RJD chief to five years imprisonment for his involvement in the fodder scam of 1994-96, party MP Raghuvansh Prasad Singh reached Delhi to attend a meeting of a parliamentary committee.

“The late Bal Thackeray was disenfranchised for six years by the Election Commission in 1999, but had continued to lead the party. Talk of finding a successor to Prasad at this stage is as outrageous as finding a replacement for a political leader or MP when they are on overseas visits. Prasad continues to remain our leader”, Singh told HT.

An application seeking bail for Prasad is expected to be submitted in the High Court by Prasad’s legal team on October 17.

Shortly after Rabri Devi told a television channel on Thursday that she and her sons Tejaswi and Tej Pratap would supervise RJD affairs in Prasad’s absence, Singh decided to absent himself from the party meeting convened by her at Patna on October 6. Later in the day, she called Singh in an apparent effort to assuage his feelings.

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