End of the Road?

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Em­bold­ened by RJD’S Lok Sabha by­poll vic­tory in Ma­hara­j­ganj and the BJP-JDU split in Bi­har, an ex­u­ber­ant Lalu Prasad Ya­dav was com­pla­cent of stag­ing a stag­ger­ing come­back (“Sun Sets on Lalu Era”, Oc­to­ber 14). But his con­vic­tion in the fod­der scam up­set his ap­ple­cart and has ren­dered him in­el­i­gi­ble to con­test elec­tions for six years af­ter serv­ing his five-year jail term. It seems to be an ig­no­min­ious end of his long po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

KE­SHAV PATHAK, via email Lalu’s sen­tence has sent a loud and clear mes­sage to one and all that no one— how­ever pow­er­ful he may be—is above the law and ev­ery­one will have to atone for their sins. With the jail term, Lalu’s chances of a come­back have been badly shat­tered. Congress is likely to woo Ni­tish Ku­mar whereas BJP would strive to win over the Mus­lims and Ya­davs, who used to sup­port Lalu’s RJD so far. V.K.TAN­GRI, Dehradun

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