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With Lalu there, can laughter be far behind?

The function at Anwarganj station was interspersed with virtually a shorter version of a laughter show. Many people had merely come to hear and see the humorous Lalu Prasad Yadav and not for the flagging off ceremony. And they got what they wanted. No sooner than the Railway Minister climbed up the dais, he ordered the officials to lift the curtain on the left hand side of the dais. He had probably seen people thronging the railway line to catch his glimpse. The railway minister obliged amidst applause and laughter from the crowd.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 00:11 IST
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The function at Anwarganj station was interspersed with virtually a shorter version of a laughter show.

Many people had merely come to hear and see the humorous Lalu Prasad Yadav and not for the flagging off ceremony. And they got what they wanted. No sooner than the Railway Minister climbed up the dais, he ordered the officials to lift the curtain on the left hand side of the dais. He had probably seen people thronging the railway line to catch his glimpse. The railway minister obliged amidst applause and laughter from the crowd.

Then came the turn of the people standing on platform number 1 on the right side of the dais. The hilarious Lalu took the microphone and asked the railway officials whether the train would move on the track between platform number 1 and 2. After a negative reply from the officials, Lalu directed the officials to let the people advance to the track and have a closer look.

“Dekhne dijiye pass se...aur agey aane dijiye na..., the railway minister said. What followed was pandemonium for over 15 minutes, much to annoyance of the mediapersons and railway officials.

Such was the chaos that even GM NER SK Vij could not utter a word on the microphone as the crowds continued to cheer the railway minister.

All efforts by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sri Prakash Jaiswal to bring his own house in order failed, much to the amusement of Lalu Yadav.

When Lalu stood up to speak, before he could start, a few people in the gathering on the right side requested him to ask people to move away as they were unable to see him. Lalu asked the mediapersons to move a little and then made a comment meant for the crowd: “Nazar se nazar milaoge.”

Similarly, when a man from the crowd near the stage interrupted Lalu and requested him to announce something about Bithoor, the railway minister shot back: “Aapko first class mein jagah di hai aur aap disturb kar rahein hain.” However, he said, “I know what Sri Prakash Jaiswal had demanded just now. No need to worry. I have it in mind and just wait and watch what I do.”