Astrologers, soothsayers and even occultists are thronging the house of Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad to bless him and help him “win” the Lok Sabha elections.
Mr. Prasad has not invited them to his resident at 10, Circular Road, but they have come on their own, aware that he and his wife Rabri Devi believe in astrology. Mr. Prasad frequently visits ‘Augarh Baba’ and ‘Pagla Baba’ to seek their blessings.
A 74-year-old priest, clad in faded saffron robes and a dozen necklaces of rudraksha beads dangling down his chest, is sitting patiently on a chair. He has come all the way from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. “I can see the past, the present and the future. I have come here to bless Lalu Prasad and tell him what he should do to win the elections,” says the priest, who goes by his adopted name of Awadhoot Bhagwan.
Mati Gadi, 70, from West Champaran district, 200 km northwest of Patna, claims he can ward off an evil eye. “Bad people have cast an evil eye on Laluji. I will meet him and remove it in a moment,” says Gadi, who also claims to be a staunch supporter of Mr. Prasad.
Personnel of the Special Branch of the Bihar Police, posted at Mr. Prasad’s residence, have a difficult time dealing with them. “The number of such people visiting Mr. Prasad increases at election time. They may say something about the past and the future, but their intention is to seek money or other things from Mr. Prasad or his family members,” says Uma Shankar Singh of the Special Branch. — PTI