RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Lucknow visit served a dual purpose: Formalising the marital alliance of his daughter with SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s grandnephew and strengthening the erstwhile ‘Janata Parivar’.
Lalu along with his family members visited Mulayam to offer ‘shagun’ before the wedding of his daughter Raj Lakshmi with Tej Pratap Singh Yadav.
While answering queries from the media, Lalu said, “Ab yeh permanent hai (It is a permanent alliance now). We have been missing it for long.”
Tej is an MP from Mainpuri, the seat that Mulayam vacated and choosing to retain the Azamgarh seat instead.
“Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are neighbouring states. It is a relationship of hearts,” he added.
And in yet another question on the future of the alliance, Lalu said: “Netaji (Mulayam) has been authorised to take further decision. And there are no ego problems (among the leaders). Earlier we had differences which Narendra Modi exploited to his benefit”.
Just recently after two meetings at Mulayam’s Delhi residence, the SP, Janata Dal (Secular), RJD, Janata Dal (United), Indian National Lok Dal and Samajwadi Janata Party came together to form an alliance.
Mulayam’s brother Shivpal Yadav too talked about the ‘Janata Parivar’ alliance. “We will expose BJP before the public. The BJP came to power by misleading and lying to the people,” he said. Mulayam had recently said that Shivpal had played a crucial role in fixing the first meeting of the leaders from the six parties.
Lalu came with son Tejaswi Yadav and other relatives. His wife Rabri Devi was, however, not present.
On erstwhile members of the Janata parivar, Mulayam said that once there were differences, but fresh efforts now present a new alternative before the country. Lalu, Nitish and I have worked together for years and the new alternative will ensure people’s welfare.”
Perhaps referring to his unfulfilled dream of becoming the PM, he said: “The posts of minister and prime minister are not important but one should work in a manner for the society that one is remembered forever.”