RJD President Lalu Prasad’s brother-in-law Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav on Tuesday announced that he would contest the Lok Sabha elections from Saran as an Independent against his sister Rabri Devi.
“I will fight Saran Lok Sabha election as an Independent,” Yadav said. Asked the reason behind the decision to contest against his sister, Yadav who yielded considerable influence during the previous RJD regime, said, “Chunav ke samay janata me khulasa karenge (I will reveal everything in front of public during election).”
When asked if it was not surprising to have a political battle within the family, Yadav said, “Siyasat me sab chalta hai (in politics, it’s a common feature).”
Sadhu Yadav’s decision to enter the fray from Saran could spell trouble for Rabri Devi, who is already facing a stiff challenge from senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy on the seat that would go to polls in the fifth phase on May 7.
Sadhu Yadav, the controversial brother-in-law of Lalu Prasad, called the shots during RJD rule in Bihar for 15 years from 1990 to 2005. He was considered a strength behind Prasad during the period. He, however, fell out with Prasad later on and was removed from the party during the 2009 Parliamentary election.