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Lalu?s pesky in-laws

Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav?s brothers-in-law continue to hog headlines.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2006 02:36 IST

Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s brothers-in-law continue to hog headlines. In the course of the week, all three were in action giving Railway officials a tough time by demonstrating their “clout”.

On Friday, it was the eldest, Prabhunath Singh Yadav, who allegedly got into a fight with the pantry staff on the New Delhi-Patna Rajdhani Express. Prabhunath was travelling with three ‘extra’ persons in the AC I coupe and wanted the pantry staff to serve food to all of them. They refused, saying the men did not have tickets. Sadhu then kicked up a row till the coach superintendent intervened. 

Earlier, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Lalu’s other brothers-in-law, Anirudh Prasad Yadav aka Sadhu Yadav and Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Yadav, tried to get authorities at Patna Junction to change platforms assigned to the Rajdhani and Sampoorna Kranti Express. The Railways gave in to Subhash and changed the platform for the Patna-New Delhi Rajdhani Express. Elder brother Sadhu, who wanted the Sampoorna Kranti Express on Platform No 1 instead of 4, was persuaded to board the train from its usual platform.

Officials say there’s “no provision for changing platforms of trains, except under unusual circumstances.” Reacting to the incidents, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the brothers would do well to behave and not continue giving Bihar a bad name.