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‘Future is uncertain’: Anxiety high at Lalu Prasad’s home after CBI raids

Prasad held consultations throughout the day with senior aides and lawyers on how to battle the fresh allegations of illegalities.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2017 13:33 IST
Anirban Guha Roy
Anirban Guha Roy
Hindustan Times, Patna
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad with his wife Rabri Devi, sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav at a press conference at his residence in Patna on Friday.(PTI)

The mood at the sprawling home of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad at Patna’s 10 Circular Road was gloomy on Saturday with anxious relatives and party men debating the fallout of CBI raids.

Prasad held consultations throughout the day with senior aides and lawyers on how to battle the fresh allegations of illegalities in leasing out railway hotels during his tenure as the railway minister, even as CBI conducted fresh raids at a New Delhi farmhouse of his daughter Misa Bharti in connection with a corruption case.

Prasad’s two sons, Tej Pratap and Tejashwi, both ministers in the Bihar government, were seen pacing up and down the lawns on several occasions, underlining the anxiety of the family.

“We will be consulting top lawyers of the country on the case after procuring the certified copy of the CBI FIR,” said a close Prasad confidante.

Compared to Friday, when large number of supporters and journalists had converged during the CBI raids, the crowd at the home were sparse on Saturday.

Prasad woke late during the day after hectic consultations that stretched well past midnight on Friday and picked up the discussions from where he had left them.

“Saheb (Lalu) chai piye aur logon se miley jaise woh roz miltey hain (Lalu had tea and met workers as usual. There was nothing different this morning),” claimed Bhola Yadav, his close aide and a member of the state legislative assembly.

Many of those in attendance kept up their political bluster, saying the raids will make no difference to the RJD.

“Laluji looked all relaxed and talked with us in his usual manner. The CBI raid is a deliberate attempt to demoralise us, but we would not be cowed down,” said Ram Chandra Purbe, the state president of the RJD.

Party leaders cited Prasad’s composure, who took a nap in the afternoon after a lunch of dal and sabzi, as a sign of his confidence against adversity.

RJD is planning a mega “BJP Bhagao Desh Bachao” (Chase away the BJP and save the country) rally on August 27 and some leaders said they were now determined to make it a huge success.

But there were also some who voiced doubts about the future. “The odds are mounting and the future is uncertain,” a worker said, wishing anonymity.

First Published: Jul 08, 2017 20:51 IST