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Sunday, July 05, 2009

A promise kept and a promise broken

Lalu’s promise to Shiva devoured

;Manoj Chaurasia
PATNA, 5 JULY: This might have come straight out of the fables. When RJD chief Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav was still in jail in connection with the fodder scam, he had a strange dream ~ he vowed before Lord Shiva to give up non-vegetarian food.
This took place some eight years back when Mr Prasad was lodged in the Ranchi jail.
Lord Shiva supposedly visited him in his dreams and asked him to give up non-vegetarian food as a condition to fulfill all his wishes and the result was startling. He managed to enjoy power for another five years, thanks to his wife Mrs Rabri Devi.
Out of power now ~ first in his home state Bihar and now in New Delhi ~ the frustrated RJD chief has “broken” his old promise and is back to relishing non-vegetarian food with great vengeance.
“A day back, I had fish and chicken but will have mutton very soon. I really loved them”, the RJD chief told reporters here yesterday saying he has already requested Lord Shiva to forgive him for breaking his promise.
“It has been eight years since I quit non-veg and I was not very happy with my decision. Hence I begged forgiveness and told my baba: ‘Hey Baba, maaf karin; ab bardast naikhe hoit (please forgive me as this is beyond my control)’ ”, he said.
He admitted he that pledged to quit non-vegetarian food while he was lodged in Ranchi jail in November 2001. It was during this time that Lord Shiva visited him in his dreams and told him: “Tum mans-machali khana chod do; sab thik ho jayega (things will be fine if you give up eating non-vegetarian food)”. “Right at that moment, I went to a Shiva temple located on the jail premises, surrendered before him and promised to follow his directive. A few days later, I was released on bail”, Mr Prasad said.
The stories relating to his gastronomical desires do not end here. Sources close to the RJD chief said the latter is so fond of non-vegetarian food, that he nominated his “cook” Mr Ali Anwar who would prepare “kebab” for him, a Member of the Bihar Legislative Council (House of the Elders).
For a long time, Mr Ali was known as kebab mantri.
His aides and local officials still recall how Mr Prasad during his stint as the chief minister would carry goat meat and varieties of fishes on his helicopters while returning from functions held in the rural areas.
His love for fish is gauged from the fact that he had even dug a big pond at his residence to keep the fishes of his choice.



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