Lalu Prasad Yadav Bats for Congress Party

Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, and former Congress MLC Padmasha Jha at the release of a book on former PM Rajiv Gandhi in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav, realizing his party alone had not much of a future in the Indian politics particularly in view of the many probes against him and his family members, appeared to be auditioning for a role in the Congress Party when he released a book on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the presence of two Congress leaders in Patna on Sunday.

Yadav, who has been rendered confined to shuttling between Patna and Ranchi in connection with the ongoing fodder scam trial, while releasing the book 'Yugdrashta Rajiv Gandhi, or 'Rajiv Gandhi – A Legend' written by former Congress legislator Padmasha Jha, said that the RJD-Congress relationship was 'unbreakable' and Sonia Gandhi will forever be the source of inspiration to other leaders, including her son and the newly-elected Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

"Rajiv Gandhi was a very successful Prime Minister who brought a sea of change in the nation. He was well cultured and his sacrifice, along with other sacrifices made by the Nehru-Gandhi family, could never be forgotten. His dedication to the poor is legendary and India owes a lot to him and other members of the family for introducing schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)," the former Chief Minister of Bihar said.

The RJD President then turned his focus on the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Center saying India, under Modi, was undergoing 'Emergency-like' situation forgetting it was Congress leader and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was the one who put the journalists in jails and tried to undermine democratic principles by putting a ban on all political activities by the opposition leaders.

"Today, there is an Emergency-like situation in the nation where people are living under constant state of fear. Communal sentiments are being fanned for votes and the economy has nosedived due to misguided policies of the NDA government," Yadav said.

Besides the author of the book, senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed was also present on the occasion.

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