|Poonam Kumari and Krishna Yadav
RJD chief Lalu Prasad has paid back chief minister Nitish Kumar in his own coin for taking away four MLAs from his party.
The RJD chief has in one stroke almost gained the confidence of two JD(U) leaders. He has given the Khagaria Lok Sabha ticket to JD(U) leader Ranvir Yadav’s second wife Krishna Kumari Yadav.
If that is not bad enough for Nitish, Ranvir has said that his first wife Poonam Yadav, the sitting MLA from Khagaria and Krishna Yadav’s elder sister, would campaign for her for the Khagaria Lok Sabha seat.
Not only that, Ranvir said he would even invite the chief minister to join them on the campaign trail. He dared the JD(U) bosses to take action against his first wife if they felt the need to.
Around 10.30 am on Friday, Ranvir and Krishna visited Lalu and Rabri’s 10 Circular Road residence to take the party symbol from Lalu — a must for every candidate from his or her party chief to be able to contest the election.
After a half-hour meeting, the couple emerged smiling and sporting the party symbol for all to see.
Ranvir said: “Poonam will campaign for Krishna and I will even ask Nitishji to join us. If anyone has the power to stop us, I challenge them to do so.”
Ranvir’s writ runs large in Khagaria. He was in the spotlight in 2012 when he snatched a sten gun from someone to escort chief minister Nitish Kumar safely to the dais there during violent protests by contractual teachers who also hurled slippers at the chief minister.
Ranvir was convicted in the famous Lakshmipur-Taufir diara carnage of 1985 in which nine people were killed.
Ranvir was an Independent MLA from Khagaria in 1990 when he defeated Satyadev Singh of the Congress. However, he lost the election in 1995 to Chandramukhi Devi of the BJP.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Krishna praised Lalu and said the RJD had given her respect by offering her the Lok Sabha ticket.
“My elder sister will surely campaign for me in the coming Lok Sabha election. We live under one roof and never faced any kind of problem. I don’t think she would have any problem campaigning for me, even though she is attached to the JD(U).”
Both sisters come from Alauli in Khagaria district and Krishna is eight years younger to Poonam.
She refused to get into the details of her and her sister’s marriage to the same man. “There is a lot of love among us,” was all she would say.
“The JD(U) had assured us a ticket but there was no response even a year later.
“Now, the RJD has given me a ticket. I extend my sincere gratitude to Laluji,” said 36-year-old Krishna, a graduate in home science from Madhepura University.
The JD(U) MLA even criticised the Nitish government, saying no development had taken place in Khagaria since 2009.
Unlike the claims made by her husband, she was evasive when asked if she would campaign for her sister.
“I had suggested to Nitishji to give the party ticket to someone who can ensure development in the constituency, but he did not listen to me. Now, if the RJD has given a ticket to my younger sister, it is good for her.
“However, I have decided I will neither campaign for the JD(U) candidate nor for my sister. But it does not mean there is any problem among us. All of us live a happy and peaceful life,” she said.