First time in 40 years, Lalu Prasad Yadav not to campaign for Bihar Elections

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Lalu Prasad Yadav
Lalu Prasad Yadav

Ranchi : First time in over four decades, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav will not be contesting for the upcoming Bihar polls. The former Chief Minister of the state, who is jailed in several fodder scams, had given the charge to his son Tejashwi Yadav and had been overlooking party affairs from the prison hospital.

Lalu Yadav, 72, is serving a four-year sentence in Jharkhand in a case linked to the misuse of funds meant for cattle fodder on his watch as Chief Minister in the 1990s. His most of the jail term has passed in the hospital in Ranchi.

However, Jharkhan High Court on Friday granted him bail in one of the fodder scams in which he was awarded five years of jail term. The court said, he has completed half of his jail term and can be granted conditional bail. Lalu Yadav has been in jail since January 2018.

For the first time since 1977, when he was elected MP for the first time, Lalu Yadav, a stalwart of Bihar politics, will be missing from the campaign. He had also missed last year's national election.

His face is missing from posters of the RJD -- the party he founded in 1997 - which feature Tejashwi Yadav along with the slogan "Naya Soch, Nayi Bihar".