RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who succeeded in “adjusting” his two sons into the Nitish Kumar government, is now pushing for his daughter Misa Bharti to be sent to the Rajya Sabha.
Five Rajya Sabha members from Bihar – Gulam Rasool Balyawi, Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, K.C. Tyagi, Pavan Kumar Varma and Sharad Yadav – are going to retire in the middle of next year. Sources said now that RJD and JDU have got absolute majority in the Bihar Assembly, Lalu wants JDU to support Misa’s candidature to become a Rajya Sabha member. According to sources, Lalu Yadav had to face a lot of difficulties before formation of the Cabinet, after the grand victory of the Grand Alliance in the recently concluded Assembly elections. Both his sons — Tejashwi Yadav and Tejpratap Yadav — wanted to be given important portfolios.
“There was no unanimity in the Lalu family. While his wife Rabri Devi wanted Tej Pratap, Lalu had a soft corner for younger son Tejashwi. However, ultimately Lalu asked Nitish to make Tejashwi his deputy, which he agreed to. This clearly indicated that Tejashwi will be the political successor of Lalu,” said a source. The Sunday Guardian had also reported that Tejashwi would be the political heir of Lalu. The elder son Tej Pratap was also made a Cabinet Minister.
However, Misa Bharti, who is considered to be more politically savvy compared to her brothers, also nurses political ambitions. She contested the Lok Sabha elections last year too, but lost to Ram Kripal Yadav, once a close aide of Lalu. “Now she wants to go to Parliament through the Rajya Sabha. There is a great demand from a big section of RJD workers too that she be sent to the RS and Lalu wantsi too,” said the source. A similar effort was made last year. During the RS byelection last year when there were three vacancies, Lalu wanted Nitish Kumar to support Misa Bharti’s candidature, in lieu of his support to JDU candidates. As per the formula, Lalu wanted one seat to be given to Misa Bharti. Accordingly, JDU was to keep two seats and RJD one. However, that was the beginning of the “bonhomie” between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav. Nitish was not very comfortable with the idea and thus Lalu’s plan fizzled out. Subsequently, Sharad Yadav got unelected while two other candidates, Baliyawi and Pawan Varma, got elected with the RJD’s support. Lalu’s support came as a big relief to Nitish, who was facing a threat from the rebels who had fielded two candidates, Anil Sharma and Sabir Ali.