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Brother-in-law terms Lalu a dictator, quits RJD

File photograph of Rajya Sabha MP and brother of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, Subhash Yadav, who resigned from the RJD on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and brother-in-law of former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad, Subhash Yadav, resigned from the party on Monday.

“The RJD is a sinking boat and none will like to ride this boat during the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar. The captain of the RJD ship has lived his life and he is not in a position to navigate it to the jetty,” Yadav, who resigned from the primary membership of the party, told reporters here.

He alleged that his brother-in-law was behaving like a dictator and giving preference to sycophants having no base in the state.

The former RJD Rajya Sabha MP said that the days of his charismatic brother-in-law and undisputed leader of the Yadavs were over and hence he should bid farewell to politics and allow the new generation of politicians to emerge.

“Lalu Prasad should retire from politics as he has lost the sway over the voters particularly the Muslims and Yadavs,” Yadav said, adding that the reins of the party should be handed over to the younger generation for the party to survive. On joining the Congress or the JD (U), he said he would decide in a couple of days after consulting his supporters.

Praising Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for “controlling” the deteriorating law and order situation, he said Kumar must be given another chance to rule the state.

Meanwhile, Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman and media in-charge Premchandra Mishra said the party was not willing to induct Subhash Yadav into the fold.

Meanwhile another senior RJD leader Akhilesh Singh, who had resigned from the primary membership of his party on Saturday, joined Congress on Monday.

Singh belongs to the dominant Bhumihar upper caste in Bihar and had been a union minister of state in the UPA-I government at the Centre.

He had earlier formally requested Congress President Sonia Gandhi to induct him and his supporters into the party fold ahead of the Assembly election saying he could play a pivotal role in ensuring the victory of Congress nominees in Gaya, Jehanabad, Arwal and Bhojpur districts where there is a sizable population of his castemen.

“I have seen both Kushashan (bad governance) Babu Lalu Prasad and Sushshan (good governance) Babu Nitish Kumar, who were both out to stifle the voice of forward castes and I decided to leave the RJD and join the Congress which gives due respect to political leaders irrespective of caste and creed,” the former union minister had told reporters in Patna on Saturday after resigning from the RJD.

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