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Lalu all set to tear off clothes this Holi

IANS  Patna, March 02, 2007
First Published: 14:44 IST(2/3/2007) | Last Updated: 17:59 IST(2/3/2007)

Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, euphoric over his record-surplus budget, will celebrate his trademark kapdaphad (cloth-tearing) Holi, dancing to drum beats and Bhojpuri songs, in the state capital.

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"After presenting my dream Railway Budget, which has shown up a profit of Rs. 200 billion, I'm now in a mood to celebrate Holi in my very own style. It's going to be kapdaphad Holi for me once more," said Lalu while speaking to a private news agency in Patna on Friday.

Beaming with pleasure, Lalu said that as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and millions of people had praised his Railway Budget across India, he was ready to celebrate the festival of colours in a big way like earlier times.

Holi had been a low-key affair for Lalu in the last few years.

The railway minister planned to stay on at 10 Circular Road, the official residence of his wife Rabri Devi, former Bihar chief minister and leader of the opposition in the state assembly, till Holi.

Sources at Rabri Devi's official residence said Lalu had given instructions for a grand party. "There will be different herbal colours, thandai, bhang and sweets."

Lalu is known for tearing off clothes of his party leaders including ministers, officials and people who visit him on Holi day.

During their 15 years rule in Bihar, Lalu-Rabri would host a big Holi party every year except the year Lalu was in jail on charges of his involvement in the multi-million rupees fodder scam in the late 90s.

Alternately, the present Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will celebrate Holi in a simple and low-key fashion.


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