"Do you know why I rode a cycle-rickshaw to Raj Bhawan today? Because I paddled a cycle-rickshaw while studying at Miller school," Prasad said.

With a large number of party workers and leaders walking behind him, the RJD chief paddled a cycle-rickshaw for two kilometre to Raj Bhawan from the Assembly to petition Governor DY Patil against the Speaker recognizing 13 RJD MLAs as a separate group.

Prasad had recently claimed he sold tea from his elder brother's shop in the Veterinary college area during childhood to eke out a living and keep up his studies.

He had raised questions on the BJP prime ministerial candidate selling tea during his childhood and claimed himself as the 'real' tea seller.

RJD workers have started 'Lalu chai dukaan' (Lalu Tea shop) in Muzaffarpur to provide free tea and biscuits to people to make them aware of the 'true colour' of Prasad and Narendra Modi.

In a dramatic development, thirteen RJD MLAs on Monday defected to Nitish Kumar, but by Tuesday afternoon, nine had returned to the party. The fissure in RJD took place as some MLAs were reportedly unhappy over possible alliance with Congress. Meanwhile, Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP is in the middle of shifting loyalties from the ‘secular’ alliance of RJD-Congress to BJP.

(JPN/Agencies)

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