Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad met former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in New Delhi on Monday. This meet was just ahead of the coming UP polls. The veteran leaders met over a cup of tea. Mulayam’s son and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was also present during the meeting.
In a tweet in Hindi, Lalu said, “Met the country’s senior most socialist friend Shri Mulayam Singhji and enquired about his wellbeing. We have common concerns and fight about farmers, inequality, the poor and the unemployed.”
He also tweeted pictures of the meeting, saying that today, the country is in dire need of equality and socialism, not capitalism and communalism.
Akhilesh Yadav also tweeted pictures of the meeting.
According to Sources in both the parties the meeting took place in the national capital.
Earlier in the day, Akhilesh Yadav attended Lok Sabha proceedings.
Both Lalu, 73 and Mulayam have not been keeping well since long. Lalu, who has been suffering from multiple health issues, has been receiving treatment in Delhi since he was granted bail in a fodder scam case in April this year.
While the exact details of the meeting between the two veteran leaders were not available immediately. But the get together has come at a time when murmurs regarding formation of a third front to challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2024 Lok Sabha elections have gathered momentum particularly after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s recent Delhi trip. Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are also due in year 2022.
A day after his meeting with SP leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Tuesday met LJD leader Sharad Yadav. He has been recovering from a long spell of illness. According to sources the absence of socialist leaders such as him, Sharad and Mulayam had resulted in the neglect of people-related issues from being raised in Parliament.
The remarks came on the day when Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hosted a breakfast meeting with leaders of like-minded Opposition parties.
Lalu also backed LJP leader Chirag Paswan. His party had recently suffered a split with five MPs led by his uncle Pashupati Kuma Paras deserting him. while favoring an alliance between Chirag’s LJP and his party, Lalu said that Chirag has emerged as a leader despite the feud and people have rallied around him.
Meanwhile, in Patna, Chirag Paswan expressed gratitude for the support received from Lalu. However, he ducked queries about the RJD supremo’s suggestion that Chirag should team up with his son Tejashwi Yadav who has emerged as the rising star of the RJD.
Now, it looks like Lalu has all set with plans for the upcoming UP assembly elections. Let’s see what comes up to be his next move in the upcoming days.