Lalu, Mulayum getting close; SP donates Rs 1 cr to RJD fund

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New Delhi, Sep 30 (UNI) With the parliamentary polls approaching, the bonhomie between Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh was growing and it became more evident today with the latter donating Rs one crore in the RJD Calamity Relief Fund for Bihar flood victims.

SP president Mr Yadav and party general secretary Amar Singh met the Railway Minister at his office here and submitted a cheque of Rs one crore for relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims of Madhepura, Araria, Saharsa and Purnea in Bihar.

Mr Yadav said he was moved by the sight of people loosing everything in the recent devastating floods in the state following breach in the embankment of the river Kosi.

''So I decided to contribute the amount which would be used by the RJD to purchase material required by the flood victims and to provide them the flood water subsides.

Asked why the contribution was made to the RJD relief Fund and not the PM Relief Fund or Bihar CM Relief Fund, Mr Amar Singh said that since the majority of people of the region were RJD voters so they thought it appropriate to give the amount to Mr Prasad so that it reaches to the victims expeditiously.

''If the contribution would have made to the PM Relief Fund, the procedural delays could have resulted in people not benefiting on time,'' he said.

Welcoming the contribution from the SP leaders, Mr Prasad said he would use it for the benefit of the flood affected people.

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