Lalu`s arrogance driving out supporters: Sadhu

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 11:37

New Delhi: With a number of RJD leaders
quitting the party in the recent weeks, Lalu Prasad`s
estranged brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav has blamed it on the
party chief`s "arrogance" and said his "over-confidence" would
cost the party heavily in the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls.

Sadhu Yadav, who was once in the innermost circle of Lalu
Prasad, said the RJD chief was increasingly getting distanced
from his supporters and common people, particularly those in
the villages.

"Arrogance due to over-confidence and feel-good has
isolated Laluji from his close supporters...these will result
in his downfall after upcoming Bihar Assembly polls," he said.

"The way his (Lalu`s) ardent supporters are dumping him
indicates his fall is imminent," said Yadav, who had enjoyed
immense patronage of Lalu Prasad and was infamous for his
strong arm tactics during the 15-year RJD rule in Bihar before
he quit early last year.

His comments came against the backdrop of Lalu Prasad`s
close supporters, including another brother-in-law Subhash
Yadav, former Union minister Akhilesh Singh and Nagmani
leaving RJD in the recent weeks.

Party MP Uma Shankar Singh has also announced that he
would campaign for Congress in Bihar polls.

Yadav said the RJD boss has "dumped" the common man,
particularly the villagers who formed his support base, in
favour of "smart and rich" metropolitan man.

"Laluji seems to have forgotten that a `senapati`
(commander) can be good or bad depending on strength of his
sena (soldiers)," said Sadhu Yadav, whose original name is
Anirudh Prasad.

Yadav, who joined Congress following differences with
the RJD supremo after he was denied ticket in the last Lok
Sabha polls, ruled out his return to the parent party.

Prasad had denied ticket to Yadav from Bettiah seat in
favour of noted film-maker Prakash Jha, who had unsuccessfully
contested from there.

He ruled out any rapprochement with Prasad. "We are
not on talking terms," said Yadav who is now vice-chairman of
Bihar Congress Publicity Committee.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 11:37

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