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Burrabaazar tastes earthy Bihar

The city's trading hub got a taste of the Bihar showman's earthy brand of magic.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 23:06 IST

Lalu Yadav is back. So is his party, the RJD, in Burrabazaar. The city’s trading hub got a taste of the Bihar showman’s earthy brand of magic.

On Sunday morning, the RJD party and railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav chugged in to rally for candidate — Sohaib Ali.

He conquered, no doubt. But this time for his legatee. Sample this. When Sohaib arrived to address a rally at Kalakar Street on Sunday morning, not a soul was around. But the moment his “political guru” Lalu picked up the microphone, at least 500 “blood brothers” clad in the trademark dhoti-kurta materialized out of nowhere.

Gushed a woman: “I could not resist his voice. I left my children at home and came to hear him.” Laloo reminded the electorate of his promise to learn Bengali. “I have learnt half the language. But I promise to learn it completely when I return after the polls,” he said.

Taking a dig at the poll boycott call by a section of Bihari voters in Burrabazaar, Lalu said: “I, too, like you, had to trek 3 km, hitching my cycle on my shoulder to school. I also belong to a poor family. I can understand your sentiments. Do not go for boycott.

Strengthen the hands of the Left. Your problems will be sorted out.” Someone in the crowd shouts: “Humara leader Lalu Yadav.” Finally, Lalu stands up and asks people to vote for the “lantern”. The crowd responds: “Zaroor.” He holds aloft the party symbol — “lantern”— but on a completely different pitch, one which rarely votes on caste lines. So his tenor is different.

Yehihamari party candidate. Inko jitana hein. Bangal mein phir se Left Front-ka Sarkar banney ja rahe hein. Usme RJD-ka hona zaroori hein. Aaap logon ke liye, Bihar ke liye... (This is our candidate. You have to help him win. The LF is going to form the government and the RJD must have a representative),” he exhorts with folded hands.