Updated: July 2, 2021 5:07:21 am
RJD president Lalu Prasad will address his party’s office-bearers virtually on the party’s foundation day on July 5 — in the first such interaction since his release on bail in April.
While Lalu’s political opinions, including those taking a jibe at the NDA governments at the Centre and Bihar, were being shared through his Twitter handle since his incarceration in fodder scam cases, this will be the best time he will directly interact with his party functionaries, from the national executive to block level functionaries.
A senior RJD leader said, “Even though Tejashwi Prasad Yadav has been leading from the front, Lalu-ji addressing the rank and file of the party would galvanise the cadre. His sheer presence is enough to motivate us. His direct interface is all the more important because he had been missing from action for close to three years because of his imprisonment and recurrent illness.” Another leader said Leader of Opposition Tejashwi will moderate the session opened by Lalu Prasad.
RJD spokesperson Mrityunjay Tewari told The Indian Express, “Lalu Prasad’s virtual presence would depend on his health condition. If his health vitals remain fine, he could also choose to take some selective questions…We have been quite upbeat about having a session with Lalu Prasad. If his health permits, he can be even brought to Patna or else, he would virtually attend the party’s foundation day.”
Lalu is staying at the residence of his eldest daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti in Delhi. There is, however, no immediate plan to bring him to Patna. “It all depends on his health…His recorded video messages would be also used occasionally to rejuvenate the party workers,” said a source close to him.
The RJD recently warmed up to LJP leader Chirag Paswan only after the party president endorsed the idea. The RJD has surprised its opponents by saying that it would observe the birth anniversary of LJP patriarch Ram Vilas Paswan on July 5.
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