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Lalu family sticks to open house

Patna: Lalu Prasad's family members will continue the tradition of meeting people on New Year's Day even though the RJD chief is in jail.

The gates of 10 Circular Road, Lalu's residence, will remain open for the visitors on January 1, 2018, and Lalu's sons Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav and wife Rabri Devi will welcome the visitors.

Tejashwi, who will return to Patna on Saturday, said over phone from Delhi: "Our only treasure is the people's support which we are getting for many years. Every New Year's Day my father meets visitors at 10 Circular Road; we will continue his tradition and ensure that not a single visitor returns without meeting us."

Lalu's family is anxiously waiting for January 3, when the sentence for Lalu, who was convicted in a fodder scam case last Saturday, will be pronounced.

"We are waiting for the quantum punishment and accordingly we have called for a meeting on January 6 at our 10 Circular Road residence to chalk out the future strategies of the party," Tejashwi said. "We all know that injustice has been done with my father and the ultimate court is the court of the people. We have already announced that we will launch the Nyay Rath Yatra, and the date would be finalised soon."

In the absence of Tejashwi, his mother Rabri is running the show and meeting people every evening. On January 1, however, the family will put up a united front and meet visitors together.

Asked about the allegations of amassing wealth through fraudulent means levelled by BJP against his father, Tejashwi stuck to the family stand that it is nothing but a political conspiracy against his father for not kowtowing to the saffron party.

"I must say again that if my father would have joined hands with the BJP the way Palturam (turncoat) Nitish did, Laluji would have been Raja Harishchandra and all the chara (fodder) would have been turned into bhaichara (brotherhood)."

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