New Ranchi jail inmate Laloo Prasad Yadav has apparently settled in well. There’s home-cooked food coming everyday, paan arrives from his favourite shop, and then there’s the steady stream of visitors, family and friends alike. Recently, a group representing the fishermen community came to see their leader all the way from Patna. Such meetings are not held with him in his cell, the venue is the jailor’s office. An assistant says tea, snacks and gossip keep him happy and active. Indeed, he’s well on his way to converting the jail into his political office. - Illustration by Sorit
Laloo Prasad Yadav is upbeat after the victory in the Maharajganj byelections. He sniffs a reversal of fortune, that fickle maid. So it was a good-natured Laloo that landed up at the residence of a Union minister where a joint birthday party was in session. Turned out it was Laloo’s birthday on June 11, a few days after the bash. A cake was hastily produced and the neta cut it and was later given a bite of the tasty dessert. The RJD chief was happy to have ‘happy birthday Lalooji’ sung with gusto by the gathering. But then Laloo may be anything if not a good sport. Perhaps his halcyon days will be back, accompanied by a breezy mood riding on Nitish Kumar’s mounting problems. - Illustration by Sorit
Elections in Bihar may still be three years away but the political wars are heating up there. Both Laloo Prasad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan have been continuously campaigning against the Nitish Kumar government but the signs haven’t been good. We are not talking divine intervention here but in near- identical incidents, the stage for the public meetings of these two opposition leaders collapsed, leaving both slightly worse for the wear. Now, it isn’t the injuries that’s causing them concern but what the collapse could imply for their political future. Certainly the stages collapsing hasn’t gone down as a good sign among supporters. Some party sidekicks, though, are still offering flattering conclusions, like it’s natural for a stage to give way with political heavyweights like them on it (and more gathering around them and overloading it). How can this be a bad sign, they ask? If anything, it’s a sign that more and more support is pouring in for their parties. Indeed. - Illustration by Sorit
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Aug 27, 2008
He is back. JMM chief Shibu Soren was sworn in as Jharkhand chief minister.
Once again. The photo shows the celebrations when the deal was sealed. Eleven ministers also took oath along with Mr Soren. All the Independents, except former CM Madhu Koda and Chandra Prakash Chaudhary have been retained in the new ministry. The new state cabinet has convened a special assembly session on August 29 to prove majority.
Popularly known as 'Guruji' Soren has faced criminal cases forcing him twice to step down as
union minister during the UPA rule under Manmohan Singh. He has been acquitted in the 1975 Chirrudih massacre case and also in the murder of former personal secretary
Shashinath for which he served a prison term from December 2006 to August 2007.
His being back in the saddle is seen as a quid pro quo for his support to
Manmohan Singh government in the July 22 trust vote.
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