Hazaribagh, Oct. 3: Is this the end of Lalu Prasad’s political career?
Political pundits fumbled to come up with a reply on the day when a special CBI court in Ranchi awarded the former Bihar chief minister five years’ jail in a fodder scam case.
Interestingly, an astrologer, sitting around 100km from the court room in the state capital, seems to have the answer.
Hazaribagh-based Acharya Amrendra Mishra, known for his close ties with the beleaguered RJD chief, announced that no one would be able to stop Lalu from contesting the 2019 general elections.
He further said the RJD would emerge strong again — a prediction that may soothe many anxious nerves, especially in the party.
Asked how, Mishra said by 2019, parties would bring some law that would allow convicted leaders to contest elections.
“Rajneeti mein utar chadaw lagi rahti hai. Aage aage dekhiye hota hai kya (politics is a game of uncertainty. Wait and watch what happens in the future),” he said while speaking to The Telegraph.
However, when he was told that Lalu had been convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act and even the now-scrapped ordinance could not have changed the leader’s fate, Mishra could not give a convincing answer.
Mishra, who has been in touch with the RJD leader since 2000, said Lalu was a vocal leader, who spoke his mind without any fear. “There is hardly any leader like Lalu who has the courage to call a spade a spade,” he claimed.
Ranchi: A PIL was filed against Lalu Prasad in Jharkhand High Court on Thursday, alleging that the RJD chief violated provisions of the jail manual by meeting visitors in custody.
According to the rules, a convicted prisoner can meet a family member or persons close to him only after obtaining a written permission from the jail superintendent.