New Delhi/Patna, March 8: Emotions took centre stage today as Rajya Sabha MP Ram Kripal Yadav and Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharati were caught in the web of electoral politics over the crucial Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat.
While Ram Kripal today resigned from all posts of the RJD, terming her offer to withdraw candidature from Pataliputra “emotional atyachar”, Misa felt “emotional exploitation by a father-like figure” during her five-hour wait at his Delhi home yesterday.
At a media meet today, Misa, however, sounded quite pragmatic. “I had gone to his home and waited for him for five hours to talk to him. But he vanished seeing me entering his home. It effectively amounted to emotional exploitation of a daughter by a father-like figure,” Misa said in a combative mood although Ram Kripal was thoroughly “devastated” at the turn of events.
The 57-year-old MP said he had not resigned from the party he had given his “khoon-pasina” (blood and sweat) but made it clear that his association was virtually over and he was looking for options to realise his political ambition.
“I haven’t decided yet. I am undergoing an emotional turmoil. I will take a call in two-three days,” he said in reply to a volley of questions about his joining the BJP and contesting from Pataliputra at a press conference in Delhi today.
In Patna, about her “offer” to demit her claim on the Pataliputra seat for him, Misa said: “Ram Kripalji never spoke to me. The party president (Lalu Prasad), authorised by the RJD’s parliamentary board to select candidates, chose me for the Pataliputra seat.”
Explaining her “natural claim” on the seat, Misa, at her maiden meet with reporters, said: “My father (Lalu Prasad) had contested from the Pataliputra seat in 2009. What is wrong if he has decided to field his daughter on the seat?” In 2009, Lalu Prasad lost it by 23,541 votes to Ranjan Prasad Yadav of the JD(U).
Countering Ram Kripal’s claim on the seat, Misa argued: “He is a Rajya Sabha MP and still has over two-and-a-half years left in the House.
“He is a senior member of the RJD’s parliamentary board that authorised Lalu Prasad to choose the party candidates. If he was opposed to the party’s decision, why did he not raise the issue in the parliamentary board meeting?”
Sources close to Ram Kripal, however, confirmed that he was adamant to contest from Pataliputra and was in regular touch with BJP leaders. Even yesterday when Misa rushed to his house to mollify him, he met Bihar BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan.
An emotional Ram Kripal said that he had accepted the offer made by “beti Misa” to withdraw from Pataliputra but soon realised it was a “political stunt” after Lalu refused to change the candidate. “The party has slipped into the mould of parivarik nyay (family justice) from samajik nyay (social justice),” he said.