RJD chief Lalu Prasad suffered a jolt on Saturday when his trusted aide, Shyam Razak, national general secretary, national spokesperson of the party and the dalit face of RJD, quit the party and resigned as an MLA.
“I am leaving since I am disillusioned by RJD’s style of functioning and its neglect of the values of Ram Manohar Lohia and Jayaprakash Narayan,” Razak, who was known as ‘Lalu’s Shyam’ said.
Razak, who was a minister in the state for nine years under Lalu and his wife Rabri Devi, is expected to join the JD(U), which has reportedly promised to nominate him as its candidate for the Phulwari Assembly seat, which has fallen vacant with his resignation.
This latest desertion comes in the wake of senior party leaders Vijay Krishna, Bhim Singh, Ramai Ram and Sadhu Yadav crossing over to the JD(U) and the Congress.
There were also indications that Lalu may have seen these, and future, desertions, coming. On Thursday, while celebrating his 62nd birthday, he had said: “Those who want to leave the party are free to do so. I have to start rebuilding it from scratch.”