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Lalu mulls Rabri for lost seat Saran

Patna, Dec. 21: The man who famously elevated his wife to the chief minister’s throne when he faced arrest in the fodder scam now plans to field her from the Lok Sabha constituency he has lost because of his conviction in the case.

Lalu Prasad, banned from contesting elections for 11 years, is learnt to have mooted the idea of fielding wife Rabri Devi from Saran parliamentary seat. Lalu represented the seat till he was disqualified after being convicted in September.

Recently asked if Rabri was to be fielded from Saran, Lalu remained non-committal. “We will see,” he said. However, RJD leaders appear convinced that their chief has already decided to field her.

Saran has been a stronghold for Lalu — he won from here for the first time in 1977 and has represented it thrice. He has never lost from this seat though he was defeated by Sharad Yadav in Madhepura in 1999 and by Ranjan Yadav in Patliputra in 2009. Polling has been caste-oriented between the Rajputs and the Yadavs.

His arch political rival in Saran and national spokesperson of the BJP, Rajeev Pratap Rudy, has represented the seat twice but never won against Lalu.

“Who contests from the RJD is immaterial, I would fight the polls from Saran,” Rudy told The Telegraph.