Bihar Assembly Elections : Lalu’s brother-in-law quits RJD

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.

He alleged that his brother-in-law was behaving like a dictator and giving preference to sycophants having no base in Bihar. The former RJD Rajya Sabha MP said that the days of his charismatic brother-in law and undisputed leader of the Yadavs were over and hence he should bid farewell to politics and allow the new generation of politicians to emerge.

“Lalu Prasad should retire from politics as he has lost the sway over the voters particularly the Muslims and Yadavs and he would bite the dust during the upcoming Assembly elections,” Yadav said and added that the reins of the party should be handed over to the younger generation for the party to survive.

On joining the Congress or the JD (U), he said he would decide in a couple of days after consulting his supporters. He praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for controlling the deteriorating law and order situation and said that he must be given a chance to rule the state for yet another term.

The Bihar elections will be held over six phases, beginning Oct 21 and ending Nov 20.

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