Rabri, Misa Vote; Tej Pratap Claims Assault on his Life

Tej Pratap Yadav's car damaged outside polling booth in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Supporters of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tej Pratap Yadav roughed up a number of press reporters outside Veterinary College polling booth in Patna where the Lalu clan had gone to cast their votes early Sunday.

As reported, when Yadav, known more for his flare for drama than his understanding of politics, arrived at the polling booth in an e-rickshaw despite his SUV right behind him, he was surrounded by a group of reporters who were too keen to grab some soundbite from the former state Health Minister.

Not ready to answer their questions, Yadav shoved one of the reporters who was immediately roughed up by his armed bodyguards. Yadav then went into his vehicle as the police on duty tried to separate his goons from the reporter. Meanwhile, someone smashed the windshield of Yadav's car.

In his FIR, Yadav, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi's elder son said that it was a clear attempt on his life and his bodyguards did everything to protect him from this assault.

Earlier, Rabri Devi, along with her daughter and RJD candidate from Pataliputra constituency Misa Bharti, arrived at the same polling booth at around 10:30 pm. After casting her vote, the former Bihar Chief Minister, outside the polling center, declared victory saying the Grand Alliance was going to win at all 40 seats in Bihar and the NDA regime at the center would be over on May 23 when elections results are declared.

"Narendra Modi took retirement even before the poll results were announced. I am glad he went to the Kedarnath temple to atone for his sins for the last five years but he should have at least waited for the poll results to come," she quipped.

The RJD leader also took shot at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying he waited for the polls to end before condemning Sadhvi Pragya Thakur who had earlier said that Gandhi's killer Nathuram Godse was a patriot.

"It's a little too late for Nitish Kumar to demand the ouster of Pragya Thakur. He is saying it now because he sees the writing on the wall that the NDA was coming to an end," she said.

Meanwhile, her younger son and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav could not drop his ballot due to some mix-up in the voters' list.

Officials said Tejaswi Yadav could not vote because his photo in the voters' list did not match his actual picture.

The former Deputy CM who had gone to Delhi on Saturday. He was expected to return to Patna by 2:00 pm Sunday but he was a no show until 6:00 pm.

Rabri Devi blamed the Election Commission for the snafu saying after the family learnt about the mix-up, her son chose not to cast his ballot.


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