"Lalu has announced Yadav's name as the general secretary of the RJD, a gift to him for supporting Misa Bharti," a senior party leader said.

Yadav is currently lodged in Patna's Beur jail in connection with the murder of BJP leader Satya Narayan Sinha.

He was granted permission by a civil court to contest the general election. Yadav was adamant on throwing his hat in the poll ring despite several RJD leaders, on behalf of Lalu, urging him not to do so as it would divide the Yadavs, considered the main social support base of the party.

Three Yadavs - ruling Janata Dal-United candidate and sitting MP Ranjan Prasad Yadav, BJP's Ram Kripal Yadav and Misa Bharti of the RJD are already in the fray that would lead to division of votes.

"Lalu, during a closed door meeting with Yadav’s father Ramasish Rai Yadav on last Saturday, urged him to convince his son not to contest and instead, support Bharti," the party leader stated.

"Ritlal agreed not to contest after Lalu assured tickets to him and his wife for the 2015 assembly poll," the leader said.

In the 2010 assembly election when RJD denied him a ticket, he got over 50,000 votes that threw a spanner in the chances of the party candidate.

(Agencies)

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