|Lalu Prasad Yadav|
Lalu Prasad Yadav at a political rally in January 2007, at Kesariya, Bihar, India.
|Minister of Railways|
24 May 2004 â€“ 23 May 2009
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||Nitish Kumar|
|Succeeded by||Mamata Banerjee|
|Chief Minister of Bihar|
4 April 1995 â€“ 25 July 1997
|Preceded by||President’s rule|
|Succeeded by||Rabri Devi|
10 March 1990 â€“ 28 March 1995
|Preceded by||Jagannath Mishra|
|Succeeded by||President’s rule|
|Member of the Indian Parliament
24 May 2004 â€“ 22 May 2009
|Preceded by||Rajiv Pratap Rudy|
|Succeeded by||Constituency delimitated|
2 December 1989 â€“ 13 March 1991
|Preceded by||Rambahadur Singh|
|Succeeded by||Lal Babu Rai|
23 March 1977 â€“ 22 August 1979
|Preceded by||Ramshekhar Prasad Singh|
|Succeeded by||Staya Deo Singh|
11 June 1948 |
|Political party||Rashtriya Janata Dal|
|Alma mater||Patna University|
The Sangh Parivar, against which I had been waging a war, misled the people. My opponents used the Election Commission and the bureaucracy to win a political battle.
It is because of me that today the union government has sanctioned special funds for the development of Bihar.
I know some people say I can be funny. But there is always a deeper meaning to what I say. I am a socialist at heart and have the interests of the poor in mind. When people see how I manage to work my way out of tough situations, it gives them hope in their own life.
I do not rule out the possibility of being prime minister of India one day, but there is still time.
Today in India there are all sections of people, as the BJP realized when the poor voted them out.
The lower caste people were killed as part of a conspiracy to dismiss my party's government.
We recognised Urdu as the second official language and made it a medium of examination in all Bihar Public Service Commission tests.
Our mass movement will shatter this communal, fascist and autocratic center.
For the first time in the history of Bihar, I provided a stable government. Despite being denied funds by the Centre, Bihar survived on its resources. I provided pucca dwellings to half a million Dalit families.
My mother always told me not to handle a buffalo by its tail, but always catch it by its horns. And I have used that lesson in everything in my life, including the Railways.
Why should I tell you where I am going to get funds from? If I were to do that then all the vested interests would get alerted. You must be aware that railways are full of such elements and my fight is against them.