PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) headed by maverick politician Lalu Prasad looks to have converted into a “party of the first family”.
Days after four family members of his were inducted into RJD’s National Executive, Prasad has now nominated his eldest daughter Misa Bharti to Rajya Sabha, superseding many senior and loyal party leader who stayed with the party through thick and thin.
Party leaders say although Prasad holds the privilege to send anyone to the Rajya Sabha, his daughter Misa had just no contribution for the party.
She was last seen visiting the house of Ram Kripal Yadav in New Delhi during the 2014 LS polls to mollify him and then seeking votes for herself for the Patliputra seat which she lost ultimately,.
Since then, she was never seen at any party platform. Very recently, she was seen attending the swearing-in ceremony of her brothers at the Gandhi Maidan after her party emerged victorious in the assembly polls.
A senior RJD leader Ejaj Ali has already objected to his party chief’s “style of functioning”.
Although he didn’t speak anything about Misa, he was quite critical of the way Ram Jethmalani, an outsider, was given the RS nomination by the party.
Prasad has already too many of his family members at the key positions right now.
While he himself remains the national president of the party, his wife Rabri Devi is a member of Bihar Legislative Council enjoying all the perks and privilege for being a former chief minister.
Likewise, both his sons, Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav are ministers in the Nitish Kumar government holding key portfolios. Apart from this, Tejashwi is also a deputy chief minister.
Although none in the RJD holds the guts to question the move of the party boss, the tradition being set by the party has stunned the common workers.
A section of leaders in the RJD believes the move to award key positions to the family members go against the party’s principles given the fact that there is a long list of senior leaders in the party waiting to be accommodated who include Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Jagadanand Prasad Singh, Ejaz Ali and Prabhunath Singh.
Most of the leaders stayed with the RJD during the worst phase of the party and hence deserves to be suitably rewarded, they say.