| RJD chief Lalu Prasad at an event to mark the death anniversary of Congress leader Ramlakhan Babu in Patna on Friday. (PTI) |
Patna, Jan. 17: RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s promise to pen a book is not a new-found fancy.
When the Janata Dal still existed around 15 years back, Sharad Yadav had “rebelled” against Lalu by announcing himself as a candidate for the national president of the party, a post then held by Lalu.
At that time, the then Bihar chief minister had promised to write a book.
“It will expose people who pressurised me not to stop Advani’s rath,” he had said. Nobody heard about the book since then even as Sharad Yadav and Lalu parted ways.
“Laluji neither has the time nor the inclination to write a book,” said a senior RJD leader.
Today, Lalu tweeted that he would pen a book saying: “Planning to pen a book to reveal untold interesting aspects of Indian politics hw ppl used, deceived & conspired against me. wait n watch.”
His supporters said the “inspiration” to pen a book on the subject came during his 78-day stay at the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi in connection with the fodder scam case.
Lalu, in his public statements, has already blamed the BJP and the JD(U) leaders for “framing” him in the fodder scam. While he was in jail, he had asked his supporters to propagate this during their public meetings.
“If Laluji does indeed write a book, he will get his facts wrong if he blames us for the fodder scam. While it is true that the BJP and the JD(U) supporters were petitioners in the court, it was during H.D. Deve Gowda’s regime that a sanction was granted against him by the governor to chargesheet him and it was during the regime of I.K. Gujral that Lalu went to jail for the first time in the fodder scam case,” said a senior BJP leader, stressing that Lalu’s charges were politically motivated because he wanted an alliance with the Congress.
Reacting to the announcement on Lalu’s literary pursuit, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted “I hope its not about me and you.”
The RJD chief has shared with his party workers that the book would contain interesting details of his political journey since students days and “fond memories of 1974 JP Movement.” However, political circles stressed that it would be interesting if Lalu writes about the student agitation led by JP because he was one of the student leaders of the agitation.
But, if Lalu indeed writes a book, this time, it will be another long wait as it can only take a concrete shape after the Lok Sabha polls.