No laughter in Laloo's zooland
With elections round the corner, the political temperature in the state has begun to soar. And it is being accompanied by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Laloo Prasad Yadav?s sugar level.india Updated: Apr 03, 2004 13:58 IST
With elections round the corner, the political temperature in the state has begun to soar. And it is being accompanied by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Laloo Prasad Yadav’s sugar level. Not known to be a fitness freak, Yadav’s condition has prompted him to start going for morning walks in the zoo -- the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park.
Yadav was diagnosed with diabetes about seven months ago, but his sugar level shot up recently. “It was then that saheb decided to start taking regular morning walks in the zoo. Earlier, he would take walks in the grounds of the chief minister’s residence. Since the last 3-4 days, he has started going to the zoo,” a Laloo confidante revealed.
Being increasingly besieged by the grievances of professionals, especially teachers, businessmen and others is not helping.
It is not yet known whether the walks in the zoo have helped the RJD chief, but it certainly has made the authorities keep the zoo spick and span. But there is a downside as well: visitors at the zoo have found their freedom somewhat cramped.
On Saturday morning, Yadav apparently lost his cool when he found a
group of people laughing uproariously. They happened to be members of a laughing club who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A party insider who accompanied Yadav on his morning walk, said the RJD chief was incensed but just stopped short of issuing an edict against allowing members of the laughing club into the zoo.
“Janwar sab bhag jayenge agar log itne zor se hasenge to (the animals will run away if the people laugh so loudly),” Yadav apparently told the zoo officials who were in tow. He did, however, issue instructions that peace and quiet was to be maintained in the zoo.
The director of the zoo, Ranvir Singh, could not be reached despite repeated attempts.
First Published: Mar 22, 2004 17:29 IST