RJD high drama brings rebel Ram Kripal 'back'
In a daylong high drama covering two capitals, Patna and New Delhi, appears to have resulted in mollification of RJD rebel MP Ram Kripal Yadav, who was said to be sore with the party ignoring him for the Patliputra parliamentary seat and fielding RJD chief Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti instead.
Prasad, who is tied up with campaigning, sent Misa to New Delhi on Friday to mollify the seniormost colleague and Rajya Sabha member Ram Kripal Yadav. On Thursday, there were reports of Ram Kripal's toying with the idea of joining BJP.
Though Misa could not succeed in meeting her 'Uncle Ram'.
"I will never contest from Patliputra, if such a tall leader of the party with over 30 years in politics wants it that way. He is like my uncle. I am ready to withdraw," she said. There was some positive development, though.
Late in the evening, Ram Kripal Yadav said in New Delhi, "I am ready to accept Misa's offer. But RJD chief Lalu Prasad should make the announcement to this effect."
However, Prasad indicated in Patna that the decision to field Misa from Patliputra seat would not be reversed. "We don't change horses when the race has started (race mein ghoda nahin badla jaata hai)," he said.
Prasad even downplayed the rebellion, saying, "Yadav never asked for the Patliputra seat and I am not aware of his annoyance. I think, he is being influenced by some 'party'. We need him in our fight for social justice."
In a related development, BJP sources ruled out Ram Kripal's joining the party.
Earlier in the day, Yadav, spoken to in New Delhi, had said, "I am pained. Though I have not resigned from the party, I will definitely arrive at a decision on what to do within a day or two."
On Thursday, Yadav had let it be known that he resented the 'parivarvad', (dynastic trend) in RJD and ignoring of senior party leaders by Prasad, before he switched off his mobile, only to surface in Delhi on Friday.
Lalu Prasad, who on Friday campaigned for his wife Rabri Devi, a former chief minister, in Saran and Gopalganj, said, "Ram Kripal is my best MP and the most seasoned politician. He can never take such a step to ditch me."
Rabri Devi said, "He is like my devar (brother-in-law). He is still in the party and he will never leave it. In any case, he has not resigned."