Lalu Prasad


Opposition, Economy; Huge Challenges for New Government

Akbar Khan Days after the poll verdict sprang a pleasant surprise for the Congress and its allies, early indications suggest that the road ahead may not be a smooth ride for the UPA, especially as the hysteria triggered by the mandate has resulted in inflated expectations that will continue to peak, inverse to plummeting global indices. Though, the Congress victory resulted in immediate optimism on the bourses on Monday, the economic downturn is one of the biggest challenges facing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as it could slowdown the development processRead More

Advani Wants to Retire, Worries Mount for Karat, Lalu, Paswan

The sun shone and the hay sold, the bonus of laughter continues to evade Advani, as he, perhaps, readies to walk into the sunset with promises to guide the willing to listen as and when the need arises,

Singh Still King for RJD-LJP Combine: Paswan

The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) would only consider Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the top post, if the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was voted back into power, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said on his Hajipur constituency of Bihar on Thursday. “The only name in our mind for the prime ministerial candidate is Manmohan Singh. In fact, the RJD and LJP combine consider only his name for the PM’s post,” amid voting was raking place in his constituency on Thursday. The LJP chief, whoRead More

Campaigning Hits Intense Pitch for Phase II Polls

Bhopal: With less than 24 hours to go before the Election Commission on Tuesday blows the long whistle on campaign activity ahead of the second leg, of the five phased elections, scheduled for April 22-23. The mood was aggressive as most leaders kicked up political storms while others attempted to pull their toes out of their mouths. Tamil Nadu chief minister and Congress ally M Karunanidhi retracted an earlier statement and said that the LTTE was a terrorist outfit and asserted “we have not forgotten Sriperumbedur,” the venue of aRead More

UPA Rift Widens, Lalu Blames Cong for Babri Demolition

With the secular parties a divided house, skirmishes over Bihar’s minority Muslim votes intensified on Friday as RJD chief Lalu Prasad, after five years as a minister in the UPA, attacked the Congress for doing nothing to prevent the demolition of the Babri Masjid structure at Ayodhya in 1992. Accusing the grand old party for being partly responsible for the demolition Lalu voters “Babri masjid was razed to the ground and Congress too is responsible for it as it did nothing to prevent it,” he was addressing an election meetingRead More

Lalu Arrested for Conduct Violation, Released

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad was on Tuesday arrested onm the dais of a pre-election rally in the Garwah area of Jharkhand for an alleged violkation of the model code of poll conduct, he was later released on bail, informed district superintendent of police Saket Kumar Singh. Prasad had faced violation allegations after his helicopter landed on the meeting venue rather than a designated helipad on April 7, an FIR was later lodged against the leader and the pilot by  block development officer Subhash Singh. The Election Commission hadRead More

EC Puts Lalu on Notice for Roller Remarks

The Election Commission on Thursday put RJD chief Lalu Yadav on notice for his infamous “roller” remarks against BJP Lok Sabha hopeful Varun Gandhi. Speaking to newsmen in New Delhi Deputy Election Commissioner JP Prakash informed that the Lalu has been directed to respond to the notice by April 11, for his comments that constitute a violation of the model code of conduct. Addressing an election rally in his native Bihar, Lalu, a former chief minister of the state said that he would have had Varun Gandhi crushed under aRead More

Maneka Lodges Complaint against Lalu

Lalu’s remarks came in for immediate criticism from the BJP, but the Congress has remained conspicuously silent over the implied allegations of not doing enough against Varun Gandhi.

Lalu Clarifies ‘Roller’ Remarks

Targeted by widespread criticism for lashing out at both Varun Gandhi and the Union Home Minister with one stone, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) boss Lalu Prasad on Tuesday launched damage control measures to quell the controversy and avoid any action from the Election Commission. Maintaining that he was quoted out of context, Lalu said: “What I meant was crushing him under the roller of law had I been the home minister.” Though, the BJP was immediate in its response to Lalu’s pronouncements, the Congress has maintained a studied silence overRead More

No Fourth Front, We Are with UPA: Lalu

Ruling out the formation of a Fourth Front, Tashtroya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday said that the RJD, Samajwadi Party and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) were still a part of the United Progressive Alliance led by the Congress. Saying that his new alliance with Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan was within the UPA framework Prasad asserted that the troika had come together to stop communal forces from seizing power. “We are still part of the UPA and the partners are the same,” said Prasad in aRead More