RJD chief Lalu Prasad has a tough choice to make: should he nominate his wife Rabri Devi or his daughter Misa Bharti as the party’s Rajya Sabha candidate?
The first task for the leaders of Bihar’s grand alliance is to decide on five seats to Rajya Sabha which will get vacant from Bihar following the approaching retirement of Janata Dal (United) MPs: Sharad Yadav, KC Tyagi, Ghulam Rasool Balyavi, RCP Singh and Pawan Verma.
“Prasad’s political legacy seems better served by a decision to draft his daughter Misa to Rajya Sabha. But this would not fulfill his long cherished aim to retrieve a bungalow that he has had to vacate following his conviction in the fodder scam case. But if Rabri comes to Rajya Sabha, the former chief minister can possibly get a spacious bungalow allotted in her name,” an RJD insider said.
Since Rabri is a former chief minister, she is entitled to the bigger bungalow that her husband Lalu Prasad has gotten so used to. Of course, Lalu cannot hope to go back to the 25, Tughlak Road bungalow that was his home in Delhi for 13 years before the NDA government forced him out in January last year. Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambi Durai moved into this bungalow soon after.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party claims to have the strength to win one seat, the JD(U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal want a share of two each and the Congress is pressing for one. Apparently, there are problems there.
There is, however, heartburn on the issue among other senior RJD leaders who are also looking to be rehabilitated. State party president Ramchandra Purbe and former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh are said to be among the other claimants.
Of the five JD(U) MPs who are completing their terms, Sharad Yadav and possibly Tyagi are likely to be renominated. RCP Singh is being considered for nomination to the Bihar legislative council and Verma can be given a position of the chairperson of some board or commission. Balyavi may have to be left out in the cold, at least for the moment.
Senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed is also hopeful of a Rajya Sabha membership on his party’s quota.