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How Lalu Prasad drafted Opp’s poll strategy while sitting in Ranchi jail

RJD chief's poll strategy has given serious challenge to NDA in every phase of polling


PATNA: RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s beautifully-crafted poll strategy has outsmarted the game-plan of the NDA leadership in Bihar.

While top NDA leaders held marathon meetings in Patna and New Delhi deciding over seat-sharing formula and then sweated it out addressing as many rallies and boasting of their government’s policies, Lalu did all that just while sitting in jail.

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Lalu Prasad is currently serving prison term in three fodder scam cases in Ranchi jail although he is undergoing treatment under judicial custody.

As per the jail manual, Prasad was legally authorized to meet at least three persons in a week and that made his task very easier. He was allowed to meet visitors on every Saturday.

Taking advantage of this facility, a host of leaders met Prasad in the hospital during which the RJD chief sealed the alliance deal with the leaders who mattered in his scheme of things.

According to an official report, Lalu Prasad met some 96 leaders over the past 32 weeks and chalked out poll strategy with them. Prominent leaders who met Prasad included—rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav, BJP parliamentarian Shatrughan Sinha, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) President Upendra Kushwaha, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) President Jeetan Ram Manjhi, Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) chief Mukesh Sahni, Subodh Kant Sahai and Shakeel Ahmad, last two Congress leaders.

Likewise, Prasad’s younger son Tejashwi Yadav met him 10 times while his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav met more than twice. It was over these meeting that Lalu Prasad was learnt to have sketched the poll strategy and properly briefed the party plan to his younger son who followed it in toto like a matured politician.

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It was the result of this strategy that the RJD-led Grand Alliance gave a serious challenge to the formidable company of Narendra Modi-Amit Shah-Nitish Kumar-Ram Vilas Paswan in every phase of the elections.

The challenge the NDA faced from jailed Lalu Prasad can be underlined from the fact that top NDA leadership eventually began highlighting RJD’s proverbial Jungle Raj fear at their rallies after initially focusing their campaign on nationalism and air strike in Pakistan.

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Let aside Bihar chief minister Nitish Kuamr, even PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah repeatedly talked about “Jungle Raj, lantern (poll symbol of the RJD) and the alleged corrupt dealing” by Lalu Prasad families to somehow the deter the masses voting for the RJD or the Grand Alliance.

Only the result will explain if they were able to convince the Bihar voters.

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