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Gandhigiri better way to serve society: Lalu

Lalu says that a mechanical training centre would be set up to provide training to youths of the region, reports Rajesh Kumar Thakur.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2007 22:55 IST

Having remained in active politics for years, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav seems to have got tired of the 'job.' And he is unable to hide his 'growing detachment' from politics as it does not have 'much to offer' now.

Addressing a massive gathering at Chaksikandar, about 20 km from Hajipur, the RJD chief on Saturday said he had constantly been advised by his better half, Rabri Devi, to switch over from this 'useless, thankless job' to social services "as it has only given us tension and court cases."

Though Lalu did not say anything about his future plans, he admitted that the advice given by Rabri to quit politics was the best he had ever received from anyone.

Lalu lamented, "While in politics, I served the poor and empowered them socially as well as politically during the last 15 years, yet we have to sit in the opposition in the State Assembly.

He, in the same breath, exhorted the people to uproot the Nitish Government in the State as it was only 'fooling the masses.'

Accompanied by his wife and former CM Rabri Devi to inaugurate the newly-constructed building of Chaksikandar High School, Lalu said that practising Gandhigiri was better to serve the society than to be in politics.

He said, "You all take recourse to Gandhigiri to protest injustice and non-development.'' Lalu went on to add that the days of politics are over in the country.

Later, demanding a donation of 5 acres of land from locals, Lalu said that a mechanical training centre would be set up to provide training to youths of the region.

A Muslim girl, Saulat Henna of Hajipur, sang a song in praise of Lalu on the dais and got a job under the MR quota in railways on the spot.

As many as nine residents were granted job in railways under the quota.

First Published: Feb 03, 2007 22:55 IST