Today is the birthday of former Bihar CM and RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav. Lalu Prasad Yadav, born on June 11, 1948, has turned 73. Lalu, who is serving a sentence in the fodder scam, has recently been released from jail on bail. He has had a good sway in Bihar politics for decades. However, he has also played politics at the Centre and has also served as a minister in the Central Government.
Lalu Prasad was cm of Bihar from 1990 to 1997. He was later railway minister in the UPA Government of the Centre from 2004 to 2009. In 2009, he was elected mp from Saran in Bihar. But in 2013, he was convicted and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by a ranchi-based CBI court in the much-talked about fodder scam case. Due to which he lost his membership of the Lok Sabha. According to the election commission's new rules at that time, Lalu Yadav will not be able to contest the Lok Sabha elections for 11 years (5 years in jail and 6 years after his release).
The Supreme Court has also completely broken the provision to protect mPs convicted in the fodder scam from being disqualified from membership of Parliament. Lalu Prasad Yadav, who lost his membership of Parliament, became the first Lok Sabha MP in Indian history.
Power handed over to wife: Lalu had entered politics as a student leader in Patna College. He was selected as the youngest member of the Lok Sabha for the Janata Party in 1977 at the age of 29. In 1990, he became the Chief Minister of Bihar at the age of 42. He also won by a huge majority in 1995. In 1997, Lalu Yadav parted ways with the Janata Dal and formed a new party in the name of RJD. This year, CBI filed an chargesheet against him in the fodder scam case and had to step down as chief minister. He handed over power to his wife Rabri Devi and became the RJD president himself and indirectly placed the command of power in his hands.
RJD lost in the November 2005 state elections and the Nitish Kumar-led JDU and BJP alliance came to power. In the 2010 elections, RJD suffered a further bad defeat. RJD has emerged as the largest party in the 2015 elections. RJD, JDU and Congress formed a government. The party returned to power after 10 years, but after 2 years Nitish Kumar broke the alliance and formed the government along with BJP. Nitish Kumar again became chief minister with bjp's support in last year's state elections and RJD is the main opposition party in the state.