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Lalu Prasad Yadav

A former union minister under the 2004-09 UPA government and former chief minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav currently serves as the chief of Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD). A law degree holder, Lalu joined politics from his student days at Patna University and went on to be one of the youngest elected Lok Sabha MP, as a Janta Dal candidate in 1977. Yadav became the chief minister of Bihar in 1990, but was forced to resign in 1997 after escalating corruption charges against him in the Fodder Scam. The infamous term, ‘Jungle Raj’ that is commonly used to describe the poor law and order situation of Bihar was coined during his tenure. Following the allegations of Fodder Scam, Yadav broke away from Janta Dal in 1997 to form his own political party, RJD. His tenure as the Railway Minister under the UPA was widely celebrated for he showed a massive profit in a sector which has forever been in loss, just in a span of four years. This won him praises from all around the globe, with Ivy Leagues and top B-schools honouring him. Though it was later claimed that the profit shown was just a result of showing finances differently. Yadav was remanded several times with relation of Fodder scam and several other cases he was named in before being convicted in 2013 by a CBI court in Ranchi, after which he was arrested and taken to Birsa Munda Central Jail. Yadav, who is currently out on bail, was also asked to pay a Rs 25 lakh fine, disqualified as an MP, and was barred from contesting a public election for six years.


Hashtag Politics | Tejashwi taunt: 'Let Delhi hear, Lalu can't be scared'

May 21, 2022 7:50 pm

"We understand that Lalu ji is old and ailing and wish him an early recovery but Tejashwi should remember his father's woes began when a friendly UPA was in power," said BJP spokesman and national general secretary of its OBC Morcha Nikhil Anand in a statement.

Nitish faces Hobson’s choice as new graft case against Lalu, kin puts JD(U) in a fix

May 21, 2022 7:13 pm

JD(U) supremo and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who had recently met Tejashwi Yadav to strategise on how to pile pressure on the BJP on the caste census issue, may well have to rethink his strategy vis-a-vis his ally BJP now.

Fodder scam: One more case pending against Lalu Prasad, RJD says it won’t be cowed down

May 20, 2022 4:51 pm

RJD spokesperson Mrityunjay Tewari said the “BJP had been targetting it" because the party continued to remain a "formidable political force”.

IRCTC case: CBI raids properties linked to Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi, Tejashwi; RJD slams ‘political vendetta’

May 20, 2022 1:57 pm

The case pertains to allegations of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad offering jobs in lieu of land plots during his tenure as Union railway minister.

Delhi Confidential: CJI Ramana loses his cool after high-pitched arguments in Supreme Court

May 05, 2022 6:48 am

Arguments by counsel in the Supreme Court had Chief Justice of India N V Ramana losing his cool on Wednesday and advising them not to “shout”.

Tej Pratap's Sunday 'yatra' without RJD support leaves people guessing

May 01, 2022 7:01 am

Tej Pratap has been trying to make his independent political standing with the Janshakti Yatra even as he has started putting up at his parental home in Patna— 10, Circular Road — where he shares space with younger brother Tejashwi.

Jharkhand HC grants bail to Lalu Prasad in case related to fodder scam

April 23, 2022 7:11 am

The veteran leader was granted bail on the uniform yardstick of half custody and his health issues were also taken into consideration, his lawyer said.

Sharad merges LJD with RJD, says Tejashwi is the future

March 21, 2022 2:34 am

A quarter of a century after he parted ways with Lalu Prasad, veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav on Sunday merged Loktrantik Janata Dal (LJD), a party he had floated in 2018, with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) headed by the former Bihar Chief Minister who is behind bars in connection with a corruption case.

25 years after parting of ways, Sharad Yadav all set to merge his LJD with Lalu’s RJD

March 20, 2022 7:15 am

Top RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav will be present at LJD-RJD merger function scheduled for Sunday, with Sharad Yadav saying the move is part of his efforts to 'unite' erstwhile Janata Dal’s various splinter outfits.

Yet another Congress leader in Bihar dumps party, joins RJD

February 28, 2022 10:54 am

Rishi Mishra, whose grandfather Lalit Narayan Mishra was the railway minister during Indira Gandhi's prime ministership, was inducted into the RJD by Prasad's younger son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav.


NCP chief Sharad Pawar felicitated on his 75th birthday in New Delhi

December 10, 2015 9:55 pm

NCP chief Sharad Pawar was felicitated during an award and felicitation ceremony on his 75th birthday in New Delhi. Narendra Modi, Pranab Mukherjee, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Arun Jaitley, Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav and others were present at the event.

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar Chief Minister

November 20, 2015 5:41 pm

Nitish Kumar on Friday (November 20) took oath as Bihar Chief Minister along with 28 ministers, including RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s two sons Tejaswi and Tej Pratap, as the grand alliance government of RJD-JD(U)-Congress was sworn in at a mega ceremony attended by several top leaders from non-BJP parties.

Political rivals Modi, Mulayam share stage at wedding of Lalu's daughter

February 27, 2015 4:02 pm

To strengthen political ties, Lalu's youngest daughter Raj Lakshmi tied knot with Mulayam Singh's grand nephew on Thursday.

All party attendance at Mulayam-Lalu Saifai party

February 21, 2015 8:27 pm

Hundreds of hands holding mobile phones could be seen clicking pictures of Modi. Some of them even reached the media section requesting the reporters seated to capture Modi in their mobiles.

Hi-fi in Saifai: Modi, Amitabh to be chief guests at big, fat Yadav wedding

February 20, 2015 5:13 pm

Saifai village, some 25 km from Etawah, is buzzing with frenzy activity for the 'tilak' ceremony of Mulayam Singh's grand nephew, to marry Raj Laxmi, the youngest daughter Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav share stage after two decades

August 11, 2014 3:24 pm

Bitter foes for almost two decades, former Bihar chief ministers Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad on Monday hugged each other.

Sonia Gandhi hosts iftar party, shares table with Sharad Yadav and Lalu Prasad

July 28, 2014 10:48 am

Sonia Gandhi hosted her first Iftar in three years, which saw the Congress president sharing a table with leaders of RJD and its new-found ally JD(U).


SP - BSP Alliance: RJD's Tejashwi Yadav welcomes the move

June 22, 2020 6:05 pm

After BSP and SP announced the alliance between the two parties, Tejashwi Yadav said that the people of India welcome the alliance. He also claimed that BJP will be whitewashed in UP and Bihar

Doubling farmers’ income is government’s political stunt, says Lalu Yadav

February 29, 2016 4:35 pm

Patna, Feb 29 (ANI): Former railway minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday said the ruling government’s statement of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, is just a political stunt to reserve their berth in the next general elections.He further asserted that the BJP-led Central Government will not win the 2019 polls.

BJP has derailed Rail Budget: Lalu Yadav

February 25, 2016 12:43 pm

Patna, Feb 25 (ANI): Former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said the Railway Budget 2016 was hollow and there was nothing in it. He said the railways is meant for the common man but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had derailed the Railway Budget altogether. Lalu said the Indian Railways have been incurring losses whereas its expenditure has been on the rise. He also stressed on the proposition of bullet trains, saying it was a game plan of the foreigners to capture the Indian Railways. He further added that the government was not taking cognizance of such instances.

Patiala court scuffle is attack on India’s democracy: Farooq

February 18, 2016 12:09 pm

Srinagar, Feb 18 (ANI): Condemning the JNU row, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) Patron Farooq Abdullah said that the scuffle between lawyers and students outside the Patiala House Court is an attack on India’s democracy. Farooq added that the entire JNU row has been exaggerated and the Vice Chancellor should have handled it himself. Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) founder Lalu Prasad Yadav accused the Delhi Police for being a mere spectator in the JNU row, alleging that they are acting on behalf of the Centre.

Take action against Sarfaraz, if there are evidences: Lalu Yadav

January 22, 2016 10:54 am

Patna, Jan 22 (ANI): Commenting on the Janata Dal-United MLA Sarfaraz Alam's molestation case, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday said in his view, there should be quick action against Sarfaraz, if there is any evidence. He added that now the JDU has to decide how they want to proceed in this matter.

PM Modi failed to protect the country: Lalu Yadav

January 08, 2016 10:45 am

Patna, Jan 08 (ANI): Hinting at the Pathankot terror attack, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed to protect the country. He also said that the centre only talked about law and order while the country remained unsafe in their hands.