RJD chief Lalu Prasad's family not to host Makar Sankranti feast

PATNA: Afterkheerand m aach-bhaat (fish-rice), its time for dahi-chuda to soar the political heat inBiharahead ofMakar Sankranti, that is on January 15.

For the second year in a row, the famous dahi-chura feast will not be organized at RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s family residence at 10, Circular Road on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, party spokesperson Chitranjan Gagan said, citing the cancellation of Lalu’s bail petition by the Jharkhand high court on Thursday as the main reason this time.

“All of us were expecting bail to him (Lalu) because of his deteriorating health. Also, others have been granted bail in similar cases. In fact, he is in a jail for more than a year,” said Gagan.

Last year, too, the Lalu clan had skipped Makar Sankranti feast owing to his imprisonment and death of his elder sister Gangotri Devi. Before that, Makar Sankranti had always been lavishly organized at Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi’s residence, in which family members personally served the guests, including politicians and common people.

When Lalu was in jail last year, he had told the judge during a hearing in a fodder scam case at Ranchi that how would he eat dahi-chura in jail. The judge had told him the arrangement would be made in the jail itself. Sources said this time the ailing Lalu did not request for dahi-chura or tilkut.

However, his party people will be going to Ranchi with dahi-chura, tilkut, pumpkin, jaggery and other eatables. “People go there even if they are not allowed to meet Lalu ji. They get satisfaction after reaching there,” said Gagan.

Even Congress, which is a part of the Grand Alliance of RJD, RLSP and HAM(S), has kept dahi-chura feast a low-key affair. The feast will be held at Congress’s Wazirganj MP Awadhesh Kumar Singh’s bungalow in Patna. Only Congress members have been invited to the feast.
JD(U) state president Bashishtha Narain Singh is organizing a grand feast at his 36, Hardinge Road residence. Singh said chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan, BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav and BJP state president Nityanand Rai will attend the feast on January 14.
When asked if he has invited RJD or other GA partners, Singh replied, “I have come to know there will be no celebration in RJD.”
He also said there was no need to politicize Makar Sankranti. Singh also said arrangements would be made for 10,000 people at his residence and invitation had been sent to people belonging to all strata of the society.