JD(U) likely to make Lalu's aide legislator

JD(U) likely to make Lalu's aide legislator

After making an unsuccessful attempt to send his private secretary Vinod Srivastava to the Lok Sabha, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad has decided to make his close aide, Bhola Yadav, a member of the State Legislative Council here. 

Lalu, who is recuperating in Mumbai after a successful heart surgery on Wednesday, is believed to have already given his nod to the proposal that Bhola be sent to the Upper House in Bihar.

The seat in the Legislative Council has fallen vacant after senior RJD MLC and former Leader of the Opposition in the Council, Ghulam Gaus, quit the RJD and joined the JD(U) on the eve of Lok Sabha election.

Though several names were doing the rounds for the vacant seat, sources in the ruling camp confirmed to Deccan Herald here on Wednesday that Bhola’s name was in principle agreed upon for MLC seat.

A trusted aide of Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi for the last two decades, Bhola had also served as private secretary to Rabri Devi when she was Leader of the Opposition in the State legislature.

Lalu’s other private secretary Vinod Srivastava had contested Lok Sabha election in May 2014 as the RJD candidate from East Champaran (earlier called Motihari) but lost to BJP’s Radha Mohan Singh, the present Union Agriculture Minister. 

Srivastava had made an unsuccessful electoral debut in 2010 too when he contested Bihar Assembly elections, but was trounced by BJP’s MLA Nitin Navin. 

Bhola’s electoral foray will be relatively easier as he need not contest any Lok Sabha or Assembly election. With numerically strong JD(U) regime by his side, Lalu’s aide is unlikely to face any hurdle in entering the Council. 

The move comes close on the heels of Lalu-Nitish bonhomie clicking in the bypolls. “In political parlance, this is being seen as a ‘thanks-giving exercise’ by Nitish to his ‘elder brother’ Lalu for giving him (Nitish) a new lease of life in the by-elections after a sound drubbing in Lok Sabha polls in May this year,” averred a source in the RJD. 

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