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PATNA: RJD chief Tej Pratap Yadav has began a marketing campaign to press the demand for the discharge of his ailing septuagenarian father Lalu Prasad from custody in his attribute maverick fashion.
Tej, the elder son of former chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi, on Thursday marched to the General Post Office right here, together with lots of of supporters who carried bundles of postcards addressed to President Ramnath Kovind looking for launch of the jailed occasion supremo.
“We are here with lakhs of ‘azadi patras’ (petitions seeking freedom) in the interests of a socialist movement that is being undertaken in Bihar. We hope the President will heed the voice of the people,” mentioned Yadav, who is understood to be a doting son to the RJD boss.
Lalu Prasad, who’s serving sentences in plenty of fodder rip-off circumstances in Jharkhand, is at current in Delhi present process therapy for a number of illnesses.
In his late 70s, the chief, who had additionally served because the railway minister within the UPA-1 authorities, is a diabetic and suffers from a coronary heart situation and kidney issues.
He has been granted bail by the Jharkhand excessive court docket in among the circumstances however he must safe the identical in a number of others as a way to be free of custody.
When requested in regards to the marketing campaign, RJD state spokesman Chitaranjan Gagan mentioned, “It is, of course, a personal initiative of Tej Pratap Yadav but the party does back it since the matter involves our undisputed leader.”
The transfer, nevertheless, met with robust disapproval from BJP Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Modi, the previous deputy chief minister of Bihar who has been the foremost bete noire of the proverbial “first family” of the RJD.
In a few tweets, he identified that Prasad was convicted after a “prolonged legal battle” and “legal wizards like Ram Jethmalani could neither save him from punishment nor help him get bail”.
In an oblique reference to Tej Pratap Yadav having been overshadowed by his youthful brother Tejashwi, Sushil Modi added “the sidelined prince of RJD is now trying to create mistrust in the judiciary by the gimmickry of sending two lakh postcards to the President”.
Sushil Modi additionally referred to the RJD’s dismal efficiency within the Lok Sabha polls of 2019, when it drew a clean, and Lalu Prasad’s makes an attempt to topple the NDA authorities after the current meeting elections, by which the occasion gained the utmost variety of seats however the coalition helmed by it fell wanting getting majority.
An official of the postal division mentioned postcards discovered to be so as might be dispatched.
“This episode is amusing and puzzling. But the postal department will have to do its job. Postcards found to be in order will be dispatched. Others will go back to the senders,” mentioned a division official requesting anonymity.


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