Bihar Assembly Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary on Sunday called on Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad, at a time when the State was witnessing a big political churn.
Mr. Chaudhary, who himself belongs to the RJD, met the party supremo at the official residence of the latter's wife and former CM Rabri Devi. Mr. Prasad's elder son and Minister Tej Pratap Yadav, who stays in a different house, had accompanied the Speaker during the visit.
After the meeting, Mr. Chaudhary told reporters, “I had met Lalu ji to extend greetings on the eve of the New Year. There was nothing political about it.” The development came close on the heels of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar taking over as the national president of Janata Dal (United), following the resignation of his trusted aide Rajiv Ranjan Singh “Lalan”.
There had been speculations that Mr. Lalan had grown too close to Mr. Prasad which had made Mr. Kumar, the JD(U)'s supreme leader, uncomfortable. However, in a gesture that appeared to be aimed at dispelling such speculations, Mr. Kumar took Mr. Lalan along when he received a rousing welcome here from the JD(U) cadre upon return from Delhi on Friday night.
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