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IRCTC scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav granted impermanent bail by the High Court.

IRCTC scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav granted impermanent bail by the high court.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Thursday granted impermanent bail by the Patiala House Court in Delhi in connection with the India Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam case. The cases relate to alleged irregularities in granting operational contract of two IRCTC (Railways) hotels to a private firm. The charges in the case include criminal conspiracy, cheating, and corruption.

Special Judge Arun Bharadwaj granted relief to Prasad after he was produced before the court through video conference from a Ranchi jail, where he is lodged in another case, as he was unable to come due to health reasons. The court directed both the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file their replies to Prasad’s application seeking regular bail in both the cases.

The court had earlier granted regular bail to Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav in the CBI case, while they are on interim bail in the ED matter, which was extended till January 19, the next date of hearing.

In his plea, Prasad said he was 71-year-old and is suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and other ailments. He said that he had got bail in one of the four fodder scam cases; therefore bail should be granted to him in the other cases as well.

Why The ‘Mahagathbandhan’ Turns Out To Be A Literal ‘Gaanth’ For Bihar CM Nitish Kumar!

Lalu Yadav on Wednesday said that the government in Bihar – of which his party is a senior member – is not in danger of imploding. At a press conference held with wife, politician Rabri Devi, seated next to him, the 69-year-old said that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has not sought the resignation of his son, Tejashwi Yadav, as the No 2 in the government. “I spoke to Nitish yesterday,” claimed Lalu Yadav. “Why would I destabilise him? I made him Chief Minister.” It was a pointed reminder that Lalu Yadav’s party has the most seats in the legislature.

An alliance forged out of immediate self-interest as opposed to shared, long-term goals allows only for fleeting moments of togetherness. The very same high-risk political strategising that drove Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar into the arms of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad is now forcing him to hurriedly disentangle from the tight embrace. Slowly, but surely, Mr. Kumar is building pressure on Mr. Prasad’s son, Tejaswi Yadav, to step down as Deputy Chief Minister following CBI searches that point to him being a beneficiary of political corruption. Mr. Kumar would like two things: keep his government going with the help of the RJD, and, at the same time, protect his own image as a clean politician who will not compromise on the issue of corruption. But with the RJD adamant that Mr. Yadav will not quit as Minister, the Chief Minister might have to make up his mind on taking another political gamble. Mr. Kumar and his party, the Janata Dal (United), have remained in power in Bihar for nearly 12 years, initially in alliance with the BJP and later in alliance with the RJD. During that time, some of his political gambles have failed to pay off, as in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, when his decision to break the alliance with the BJP worked to the latter’s advantage. The JD(U) leader creates his own space in Bihar, beyond a Kurmi caste-base and on a distinct platform that views corruption and communalism as twin evils that have to be fought one at a time. At any point, one or the other is always a lesser evil.

Depending on whether the BJP or the RJD is his primary rival, communalism or corruption becomes his main focus. When Mr. Kumar broke away from the BJP in 2014, he was trying to do a Naveen Patnaik, ditch an ally and take over its political space. But unlike Mr. Patnaik in 2009, Mr. Kumar failed miserably, yielding substantial ground to the BJP in 2014. But if an appetite for political risk that makes enemies of friends is his weakness, a readiness to build new alliances with old foes is his strength.

But there are limits to the room for political manoeuvre available for Mr. Kumar. While a tough stand against the RJD on the issue of corruption might enhance his popularity, there is no certainty that he will survive as Chief Minister. Once bitten, twice shy, the BJP might not be all too keen to revive an alliance. A three-way contest will work to the advantage of the BJP, and the party would much rather look forward to a mid-term Assembly election than serve as a crutch for the JD(U). At present, there is little Mr. Kumar can do other than to hope that the RJD would oblige him by agreeing to the axing of Mr. Yadav. Mr. Kumar might risk leading another political churning in Bihar, but that certainly is not his first option in the current crisis. There is too much at stake, but sadly for him, the RJD knows he has more to lose than gain by standing on principle.

Double treat for Lalu Prasad Yadav; becomes grandfather of two baby boys!

It’s a double bonanza for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav who became grandfather twice on Wednesday with his eldest daughter Misa Bharti and youngest daughter Raj Lakshmi delivering baby boys the same day. Misa Bharti announced the good news by posting the picture of new member of the family on twitter.

Lalu Yadav’s youngest daughter Raj Lakshmi was married to Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s grand-nephew Tej Pratap in February 2015 while Misa was married to a computer engineer Shailesh Kumar Yadav. The marriage took place in 1999 when Rabri Devi was the chief minister of Bihar.

Lalu’s sons Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav have become maternal uncle. Mulayam Singh Yadav has also become grandfather and Akhilesh Yadav paternal uncle with baby boy for Raj Lakshmi. The social media is loaded with blessings and wishes for both the families. Hope that these new members change the stars and bring prosperity to both the Mulayam Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav families.