No New Year Celebration at the Lalu-Rabri Residence

RJD leaders Rabri Devi and Tejaswi Yadav greet supporters at their residence on the New Year's Day on Monday.

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Patna: With Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President and former Chief Minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav locked up in the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi in connection with the fodder scam, there was no New Year celebration at his residence in Patna on Monday although a few people were seen going in to express their support towards the family in their time of need.

Holding the fort in his absence, it was his wife, also an ex-Chief Minister, Rabri Devi, and their youngest son and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav who greeted the guests in a somber surrounding and promised to them that their beloved leader would soon be out of prison to take on those who framed him in cases in which he was completely innocent.

"He is not with us today but he is always in our heart. We will celebrate the new year once he gets out of the jail," Yadav said.

Suggesting she had full faith in the judiciary, Rabri Devi said that her husband's absence was felt by the family members and his supporters were unhappy that their leader was falsely implicated in a case by his political opponents.

"We are all eagerly awaiting his return to home," she said.

Tejaswi Yadav, who has been chosen to lead the party in the absence of his father and who has also been declared the next Chief Ministerial candidate in the state elections, said that 2017 was a year of learning for him.

"Besides being the youngest Deputy CM and then the youngest leader of the opposition in Bihar's history, what I learnt most last year was that one should never trust anyone blindly, " Yadav said in apparent reference to Janata Dal – U leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who, after a brief honeymoon with the RJD in the Grand Alliance with Tejaswi Yadav as his deputy, chose to broke ties with Yadav's party only to go back to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA fold last July.

He, however, said that in the end the RJD would prevail as a large portion of the Bihar population was with his father and his relentless fight against social injustices, communalism, and fascism.


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