Mamata, Nitish, Rahul, Greet Lalu On His 71st Birthday


Patna: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Patna counterpart Nitish Kumar and Congress president Rahul Gandhi were among a host of leaders cutting across party lines who greeted RJD chief Lalu Prasad on his 71st birthday today.

The convicted RJD chief is currently serving a jail term at the Birsa Munda Central Jail. He has been lodged in jail since December 23, 2017 in connection with the fodder scam cases.

He has been convicted in four fodder scam cases since 2013, the latest being the Dumka treasury case in which a special CBI court sentenced him to 14 years in jail.

Amid speculations over a rift between RJD leaders Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav, the Yadav family on Monday celebrated jailed party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s 71st birthday in Patna. Party workers too participated in the event.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted “Happy birthday Lalu ji @laluprasadrjd. Wishing you good health and happiness.”

“Sri Lalu Prasad jee ko Janmdin par Badhai. Unke shighra swashthya hone ki Shubhukamnayen (Greetings to Sri Lalu Prasad on his birthday. I wish him for his healthy life)” , Nitish Kumar tweeted this morning.

Rahul Gandhi also extended his greetings to Prasad on the occasion.”Wishing Shri Lalu Prasad ji a very happy birthday. I pray for his good health, success and happiness, always,” Gandhi said in his tweet.

A host of leaders from different political parties like Congress leader Ashok Gehlot, NCP leader Prafull Patel, Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha, former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav and a host of other leaders also greeted Prasad on his birthday. Tejashwi along with Rabri and his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav cut a 71 pound cake at his official residence 5, Deshratna Marg, on the occasion.

The trio cut the cake in the presence of a huge number of party workers and leaders but, Prasad was not there to celebrate his birthday, said to be in consonance to the Jharkhand High Court’s conditions while providing him conditional bail.

Yesterday, RJD’s youth wing had organized a blood donation camp at the party’s state headquarters on the eve of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s 71st birthday . Prasad was born on June 11, 1948 at Phulwaria in Gopalganj district of Bihar.