The Telegraph
Wednesday , January 22 , 2014
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New name for RJD

A JD(U) leader renamed RJD as MBBS — Miya-bibi, bachchey-saale (husband, wife, children and brother-in-law) — party at the Sankalp Rally in Gaya. Some RJD leaders admitted in private conversations that the first three words were apt for the party but were quick to point out that Lalu Prasad’s brothers-in-law Sadhu Yadav and Subhash Yadav had lost importance. “Sadhu is pitching for Narendra Modi as Prime Minister and Subhash Yadav never fails to take a dig at Lalu whenever there is an opportunity,” said a senior RJD leader. This is not the first instance of politicians trying to rename the RJD. When it came into existence, the opposition leaders called it Pati-Patni (husband-wife) party. The late Shankar Prasad Tekriwal, who quit as finance minister, had dubbed the RJD as Saheb-Bibi Aur Ghulam (husband, wife and slaves) party and called Lalu a dictator. Tekriwal later rejoined the RJD.

To be, or not to be

The JD(U) insiders are busy these days discussing if Nitish Kumar would renew Shivanand Tiwari’s tenure in the Rajya Sabha with N.K. Singh and Sabir Ali. “Ask Nitish Kumar? Nobody else knows,” said a JD(U) MLA, stressing that everybody was certain about Singh and Ali getting re-nominated. Some JD(U) leaders pointed out that Shivanand had been a successful MP in the Rajya Sabha and had been vocal in putting the party’s point across. “His only problem is his statements outside the House, leading to acute embarrassment for the party. When the JD(U) was in the NDA, he made frequent attacks on the RSS, putting the JD(U)-BJP alliance in crisis. “After the alliance was over, he has been vocal against his own party leaders,” said another JD(U) leader. Shivanand, everyone agrees, can be a vicious opponent when he is angry, which Nitish would perhaps not like before the polls.

Motorists hail traffic week

The Traffic Safety Week observed by Patna police brought some relief to motorists but rickshaw-pullers remained on toes. Whenever rickshaws were spotted in no-parking zones on Bailey Road, there were announcements on public address systems installed on police jeeps “take away your rickshaws or we will come and break them”. Motorists completely approved the approach of the police. “I think this should be done round the year and autorickshaw drivers should also be treated similarly,” said a motorist.

Tie-up challenge for Ramai

Revenue minister Ramai Ram’s dream of contesting from the Hajipur Lok Sabha seat is in danger with the brightened possibility of the JD(U)-LJP tie-up in the Lok Sabha polls. Despite the defeat in the last parliamentary elections, Hajipur is considered LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s fiefdom. But Ramai has maintained that he would contest from Hajipur at any cost. “I just have to file my nomination papers to win,” he said.