Patna, Dec 25: With power slipping from the hands of
the Lalu-Rabri duo and a notice served to vacate the Chief
Minister's official residence at 1, Anne Marg, hundreds of
their pets who had been housed in its sprawling campus will
now have to move elsewhere.
The couple had as pets hundreds of cows, buffaloes, horses
and even cats.
The NDA government has allotted 10 Circular Road bungalow
to Rabri Devi, now the leader of the Opposition in the Bihar
Assembly. The bungalow, earlier home to her brother and RJD MP
Sadhu and known as '10 Janpath', a la the residence of
Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi, is much too small for such a vast
number of pets.
Now as Rabri Devi prepares to move home, she has already
been served notice twice by the State Building Construction
Department, a cattleshed is being set up 5 km away at the
vacant open space of a Union Minister in Naya Tola in Danapur,
to house the pets, sources close to the duo said.
The pets would be shifted there by January 14, the day
'Kharmas' (considered inauspicious time for doing any good
work) ends, they said.
''Laluji and Rabriji are not happy at the separation,
but what can be done? The 1 Anne Marg bungalow is designated
for the CM and has to be vacated for the new incumbent (Nitish
Kumar),'' they added.
The problem of finding a new abode for the animals was one
of the reasons for the couple buying time in vacating the Anne
Prasad in the past never lost an opportunity to show off
his pets to the visitors, including painter M F Hussain or
Bollywood heroes and heroines.
Though Prasad and Rabri Devi would be separated from their
pets, they would pay regular visits to the animals, the
''Rabriji had visited the site of construction of the new
cattleshed the day before yesterday to see the progress of
the work.They are very fond of their pets. Situation is
forcing them to send the animals to a different place but
the love and care for the animals will never decrease,'' they
''They used to visit their pets almost everyday in the
morning whenever they were in Patna,'' the sources said, adding
the two leaders were finding the very thought of the
After days of anxiety for the pets, they got an offer to
shift them to the unused open space belonging to a Union
Minister belonging to the RJD at Naya Tola in rural Patna.
The sources, however, did not provide the Minister's name.
The space has several trees and shrubs and work is on, on a
war-footing to clean it and build the required structure to
house the pets, the sources added.