The Birsa Munda Central Jail inmates at Lalu Prasad’s service
Ranchi – The Birsa Munda Central Jail, which will be former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad’s address for the next five years, is gearing up to play the good host to its new guest.
With convicts pressed into Lalu’s service, giving the high profile prisoner massages, Lalu seems to have started enjoying his stint here. If sources are to be believed, he seems to have started savouring the food too.
However, the central jail ceased to be his party’s political ground on Friday with number of supporters visiting their leader coming down to 30.
For the past three days, almost all senior party leaders were camping in Ranchi and were seen standing outside Hotwar jail to pay a courtesy call. So much so that the RJD supremo had to rebuke them on Wednesday, asking them to rush to Bihar and prepare for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Sources in the jail said Lalu appears to be tension-free inside the jail. “I spoke to him. and inquired after his health, which is normal. A doctor offered to administer eye drops but he thanked him and did it himself. He is as good as he was outside the jail,” said jail superintendent-in-charge Virendra Kumar Singh. The doctors are, however, keeping a watch on him because the former Bihar CM suffers from a host of ailments.
On Friday, Hotwar jail wore a deserted look with only 30 leaders and supporters meeting him between 3.30pm to 5pm. On September 30, when he was convicted, around 150 RJD workers had come to meet him.
Till Thursday, a large number of RJD leaders were seen standing outside the jail with a fleet of cars parked outside throughout the day.
The RJD leaders, most of whom came all the way from Bihar, had occupied several budget hotels in the city while senior leaders were lodged at Chankaya BNR.
On Friday, visitors included Lalu’s son Tejaswi, RJD minister in Jharkhand government Annapurna Devi, Suresh Paswan, MLA Sanjay Yadav and Janardhan Paswan. Marxist Coordination Committee MLA Aroop Chatterjee also called upon him.