A stream of visitors called on RJD chief Lalu Prasad at his residence on Monday, hinting at the leader’s return to the political centrestage after a long gap.
It was a special day for the family as Lalu’s younger son, Tejashwi Yadav, turned 26. His win from Raghopur seems like the perfect birthday gift.
“Today is Tarun’s (Tejashwi’s pet name) birthday. Call him,” Prasad instructed one of his aides.
Minutes later, slogans filled the air as the newly-elected MLA from Raghopur walked in.
Looking exhausted after a gruelling poll campaign, the RJD chief evaded queries on when the government would be formed.
“Abhi samaya hai (there is still time),” he said, taking garlands from the visitors, many of whom insisted for a selfie.
Lalu’s wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi echoed the mood.
“Moments of joy have returned to our family after a long time. This is happy time for everybody, especially the poor people of the state. For Chaath, we will have a big family get together,” Rabri told mediapersons gathered at their residence.
She also thanked a delegation from Emarat-e-Shariah, Phulwarisharief (a religious body of Muslims) for extending support to the GA.
One RJD leader summed up the mood as return of ‘Acche Din’ for the party as well as for the RJD chief, who has made a comeback with a big bang in the Diwali season.
Insiders said there will be a family get-together at the RJD chief’s residence during the Chhath festival on November 17.
Later in the day, Lalu attacked the BJP for pursuing communal politics, saying the huge mandate given to the GA was to intensify the campaign against the BJP-led government and PM Narendra Modi.
“Communal and fascist forces are ruling Delhi. To keep them in power even for one more day, will amount to breaking up the country,” he said, adding that BJP was responsible for the rising food prices and economic slowdown.
Prasad also observed the BJP had won the 2014 polls by selling false dreams and took pot shots at those who called him a scam-tainted politician.