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Pranab son meets Lalu in jail,Cong leaders ‘surprised’

The Jangipur MP met Lalu at the Birsa Munda Central Jail where the former Bihar CM is lodged.

Abhijit Mukherjee,Congress MP and son of President Pranab Mukherjee,called on RJD supremo Lalu Prasad in a Ranchi jail,catching his party unaware,which later expressed shock and surprise over the development.

The Jangipur MP met Lalu at the Birsa Munda Central Jail where the former Bihar CM is lodged after being convicted in a fodder scam case. Abhijit,who was on his way to the temple town of Rajrappa,also met Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. He refused to comment when asked about the reason behind his visit.

Meanwhile,junior rail minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury,Congress MP from Berhampore in Murshidabad,said he was unaware of the MP’s visit. “Are you sure Pranabda’s son met Lalu in Ranchi?” Chowdhury asked. He,however,added Abhijit “might have gone there in his personal capacity”.

West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said,“Why did he meet Lalu? I can’t understand what is happening. The PCC does not take any responsibility (of Abhijit meeting Lalu).”

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State Congress spokesman Abdul Mannan said,“Big people have big agenda. Abhijit must have met Lalu on a personal basis.”

Pradyot Guha,a personal aide to the President who is now in Kolkata,was also in dark,“Abhijit did not confide in me why he went there.” The President will be staying in his village for three days,from October 10 to October 13, to take part in Durga Puja. Abhijit will be in the village ahead of his father’s visit.