New Delhi: Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD Chief and the former Chief Minister of Bihar got entangled yet again in a controversy when BJP alleged that he was acting as the ‘proxy’ leader and (mis)using his son’s political power.
The matter came up to light when Dr Sriram Singh, a civil surgeon wrote a letter to the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital’s (DMCH) medical superintendent to reinstate recently removed Mamata staff workers. Singh alleged said that Lalu had instructed for reinstating the workers.
Earlier, Lalu made a surprise inspection to the Patna’s Indira Gandhi Medical Institute.
Notably, Tej Pratap, Lalu’s son, is the Health Minister of Bihar.
It might be mentioned that Lalu Prasad Yadav was barred from contesting polls for 11 years following his alleged involvement in the fodder scam. This order also prohibits him to have a direct say in the government’s official work.
Following the landslide victory of the RJD-JD(U) in the recent Bihar assembly polls, it was obvious that the former Bihar CM would greatly influence the functioning of the government.
It was undeniable that it was the shrewdness of the RJD leader that helped Nitish become the Chief Minister of Bihar. However, it was expected that Lalu would control the reins indirectly. Nitish giving prized ministerial portfolios to Lalu’s sons was an indication that Bihar was again coming under the control of the RJD stalwart.
Lalu’s new avatar of unauthorised entry into the administrative works gave the BJP to go for an outright attack on the state’s government. BJP had been vehement in their attack on the government claiming that this Lalu-Nitish regime would be ‘Jungleraj 2’.
With the gruesome murder of a policeman in Vaishali district last week, BJP’s allegation seems to have some potential.
With the RJD supremo wielding his illegitimate supremacy in Bihar, it is the people of Bihar who feels cheated. They might be regretting voting for the grand alliance rather than BJP who promised of a change and “achhe din”.
Political pundits opine that Lalu and his partymen have been blinded by the power. There was a time when everyone thought that the ban on Lalu would end his political career. But the comeback proved them all wrong.
Lalu’s antics would not only hurt the sentiments of the voters but would also hand a weapon to the BJP leaders who are ready to unleash an attack to topple the government.
Lalu tried to do the same when his wife Rabdi Devi became the CM of Bihar. Nitish should remember the attitude of his present ally whom he had booted out earlier.
The nightmare that the Lalu-Nitish liaison would not work out seems to be coming true with both the leaders differing in their opinion on the Pathankot attack.
It will be BJP who would be in the driver’s seat when the wheels of the new government come off.