Ram Kripal Yadav, a close aide of RJD chief Lalu Prasad whose daughter Misa Bharti has been given Patliputra seat, accused the party of being more interested in serving ‘family justice’ than social justice for which it was formed. (Agencies)
Ram Kripal, who is currently a Rajya Sabha member and a three-time Lok Sabha MP from Patna, said that he has decided to quit party posts with a ‘heavy heart’ and his written resignation will follow.
He however said that he is still in the party as of now and has not quit from Rajya Sabha.
Ram Kripal was the secretary-general of RJD and a member of the party's parliamentary board. There is also a speculation that he may join Bharatiya Janata Party to contest from the seat.
"I am very attached to the party and its workers. I think, the way Misa came to me yesterday, it was an 'emotional atyachar' or a 'political stunt' which was used against a simple person like me," Ram Kripal told reporters in Delhi referring to Misa's visit to his home in the national capital and staying there for five hours in a bid to persuade him.
Misa, who returned to Patna, hit back on Saturday at Ram Kripal saying that it is he who is indulging in ‘emotional blackmail’ and ‘nautanki’ (drama) and that she was firm on contesting from Patliputra seat.
Ram Kripal refrained from commenting on the possibility of joining another party or contesting Lok Sabha elections.
"All options are open. I am mulling these issues. Other decisions will be taken later," he said.
He said that despite conveying his willingness to fight the Lok Sabha elections a long time back to his party national president, such a decision was taken.
"I wanted to fight Lok Sabha elections. This was the demand of the workers as well as that of the people. One year back, I had conveyed my feelings to the party national president. I had said even if 'Madam' becomes candidate, it will be OK with me. But the decision was taken. Despite that I did not utter a single word against the party," Ram Kripal said.
RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav has been grappling with dissent in the party ahead of Lok Sabha election. 13 RJD MLAs had resigned from the party last month but later nine had attended the legislature party meeting.
Ram Kripal Yadav, a close aide of RJD chief Lalu Prasad whose daughter Misa Bharti has been given Patliputra seat, accused the party of being more interested in serving ‘family justice’ than social justice for which it was formed.