Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who is already on backfoot after being decimated by Modi-led BJP in Lok Sabha election, is further getting sleepless nights these days. The reason is one of his close aide Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav's growing clout among Yadav community in Bihar.
At a time when Lalu Yadav is beleaguered because of health reasons and his conviction in fodder scam, burly Pappu Yadav is leaving no stone unturned to live up to his Robin Hood image.
Sources say that RJD leader Pappu Yadav, who is known for his clout in Bihar's North Kosi and Seemanchal area is putting all efforts to become mascot of the Yadavs, which has been a secured vote bank of the RJD in the State. An Economic Times report says that Madhepura MP Rajesh Ranjan also has backup of a section of the party.
There is reason for this speculation that Rajesh Ranjan could become potential threat to Lalu Yadav in coming days and it is because of Rajesh Ranjan's organisation Yuva Shakti Sanghathan's philanthropic work in the past to lure Yadavs.
Recently, Madhepura MP along with his Congress MP wife Ranjeeta Ranjan, held public rally at Saharsa and at Madhepura against doctors charging high fee. In the rally, histro-sheeter Pappu Yadav even prescribed a fee of Rs 200 to Rs 300 to doctors.
On Thursday, Pappu Yadav described Lalu Prasad as "supreme" leader and said his stir was giving "expansion" to his ideology of working for the poor. Even, RJD spokesman Mundrika Singh Yadav told that its not a party programme. "But, any individual is free to launch a stir against some wrong in personal capacity," he said.
Though, both RJD leadership and Pappu Yadav have maintained that there is nothing wrong in the party, but experts believe that Pappu Yadav is fishing in the troubled waters.
When asked about this controversy, Pappu Yadav said that "some partymen who neither have public support nor commitment to the ideology are speaking against him. Such people are afraid of my struggle and that is why they are raising questions on my stir."
He said if required he would meet Lalu Prasad and acquaint him with work he has been doing for poor, deprived and weaker sections of the society.
Cornered Lalu trying to save his sinking political ship
RJD chief Lalu Yadav is trying his best to resuscitate his party RJD which has been cornered recently by Modi-led BJP.
Recent chain of events validate Lalu's desperation i.e first he joined hands with bete noire JDU for Bihar by-poll, then recently tried to re-ignite Janata Party's magic by cobbling up parties(JDU, RJD, JDS, SP) together.
Not only that, reportedly Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav are set to turn their political friendship into family relationship. If media reports are to be believed, Mulayam Singh's grand-nephew Tej Pratap is set to tie the knot with Lalu's youngest daughter Raj Lakshmi.
Lalu-Mulayam's bitter relations in nineties
The two party chiefs had split during the 1990s for leadership of the Mandal classes and Mulayam had even publicly regretted when Lalu vetoed his name for prime ministership in the United Front government in 1997. Experts believe that the marriage between two family will bring the RJD and SP together and erase bitter memories of the 1990s.