Patna: In a major blow to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, his brother-in-law Subhash Yadav on Monday deserted him and may join the Congress ahead of the assembly elections in Bihar scheduled to be held in October-November.
According to reports, Subhash Yadav, the youngest of Lalu Prasad`s three brothers-in-law, today formally resigned from the RJD. This is the second blow to the RJD as senior leader and former union minister Akhliesh Singh had also quit the party, last week, to join the Congress.
Speaking to reporters after announcing his decision, Subhash Yadav said that he is getting offers from a number of parties and will decide on his future course of action shortly.
“Laluji will now not get more than 25-30 seats,” he said, while terming his exit as a major blow to the RJD.
The close associates of Subhash Yadav had earlier revealed that Subhash was unhappy about being sidelined by his sister Rabri Devi and the RJD chief. What angered him the most was being denied re-nomination to the Rajya Sabha this year.
Last year, shortly before the Lok Sabha elections, his brother Sadhu Yadav, alias Anirudh Prasad Yadav had also left the RJD to join the Congress.
Subhash is said to be in touch with Mukul Wasnik, who is in charge of Congress party affairs in Bihar, and other top leaders in New Delhi.
However, there has been no official confirmation in this regard by the Congress party.
The Bihar elections will be held over six phases, beginning Oct 21 and ending Nov 20.