Lalu Back in Patna; Surrogate Hopes for Longer Parole Period

RJD chief surrounded by his supporters at Patna Airport on Sunday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's frequent in and out of Patna has become a routine affair since he was granted provisional bail on health grounds a couple of months ago and Sunday was no exception when the former Chief Minister of Bihar returned to Patna amid cheering from his supporters after being operated on his fistula at Mumbai's Asian Heart Institute.

Bhola Yadav, who has emerged as the most trusted right-hand man of the RJD chief even more than his own two sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav, was at the Patna Airport to receive his leader. Yadav's eldest daughter and MP Misa Bharti was also present at the Airport to receive the party president who emerged from the terminal in a wheel-chair.

Meanwhile, reports said that Yadav's natural heir to the vast RJD empire and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav had been cooling his heels in Delhi for the last few days after rift between him and his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav surfaced a few days ago during the party's foundation day celebration in Patna.

RJD chief, not known for being media shy by any means, besides briefly acknowledging the presence of his supporters at the airport, remained quiet and went straight to a waiting car that drove him to his wife Rabri Devi's home at 10 Circular Road.

Setting stage for his plan to remain out of jail for the next few months on health grounds, Bhola Yadav said that the doctors in Mumbai had advised the party chief of regularly dressing his fistula wound and keep his sugar level under control that could easily be done at home with some efforts.

"However, if needed, he may be required to return to the hospital in Mumbai," the legislator said.

Among those who were present at the airport to give warm welcome to the RJD chief were party state president Ramchandra Purvey, Alok Mehta, Ashok Yadav, and Nirala Yadav.

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