Lalu turns 72, but no tak­ers for RJD’S cake

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Zee Me­dia News­room cor­re­spon­[email protected]­dia.net (With in­puts from agen­cies)

Patna: Un­like stam­pede-like scenes at his fam­ily func­tions in the past, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, who is serv­ing a sen­tence in the fodder scam, had a quiet 72nd birth­day on Tues­day. With the party’s re­cent drub­bing in the Lok Sabha elec­tions, it was equally low-key out­side.

Prasad’s fam­ily mem­bers were con­spic­u­ous by their ab­sence as party work­ers cut a 72-pound cake at the state head­quar­ters in Patna and prayed for the health of their leader.

The work­ers waited for quite some time hop­ing that some­body from Lalu’s fam­ily will turn up. But when the cake started melt­ing, they cut it and helped them­selves.

Asked why he did not visit the party head­quar­ters where his pres­ence would have pepped up RJD work­ers, Lalu’s son Tej Pratap Ya­dav sport­ing a bright red T-shirt and a cap of match­ing shade said, You all can see I am over­see­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tional polls for our party’s stu­dents’ wing. My pres­ence en­sures that the polls are held in a free and fair man­ner.

Mean­while, Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi, who had suc­ceeded him as the chief min­is­ter in 1997 and held the post till Fe­bru­ary 2005, posted a mov­ing tweet in Hindi, Heart­felt wishes to my dear­est and re­spectable Shri @laluprasad­rjd. May my rest of life­span be added to yours .

—PTI

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