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With senior RJD leaders quitting the party, its supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav failing to get a central ministerial berth, and discontent among its leaders and supporters on a new high over Mr Yadav naming the RJD’s Delhi headquarters after wife Rabri Devi, the once mighty regional party may be hastily on the wane.
The question most discussed in Bihar’s main Opposition party these days is whether the apparent lack of political instincts shown by the party boss is a transitory phase. By his long absence from Patna and failure to attend several important RJD functions here in recent months, Mr Yadav has not only disheartened his confidantes but also fuelled speculation about the future of his and his family’s grasp on the party. In neighbouring Jharkhand, the RJD is already considered terminally moribund.
The RJD’s avalanche of current crises originated from Mr Yadav’s continuing aloofness from the affairs in his home turf. After contributing to the party’s senior leaders in Bihar and Jharkhand quitting this month, the impacts of this aloofness gained momentum after Mr Yadav named the RJD’s headquarters on Rouse Avenue in Delhi as “Rabri Bhavan” in an apparent disregard for Bihar’s socialist icons the party relentlessly swears by.
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