With over a dozen of his senior party leaders, including a Rajya Sabha member, half a dozen legislators and former ministers, deserting him and joining rival parties, and the Rashtriya Janata Dal's alliance with the Congress not being seen as a winning combination, Lalu has ordered that a pond be filled up following a suggestion from an expert in ‘vaastu shastra’ and an astrologer.

"A pond located inside the sprawling 10 Circular Road, the official residence of Rabri Devi, was filled with a mix of mud and sand as per the advice of an expert in vaastu expert," said a staff at Rabri's residence.

The pond was dug in 2006 for popular ‘Chhath’ festival performed by Lalu and Rabri after they shifted from One Anne Marg, the chief minister's official residence, since the RJD was ousted from power in November 2005.

According to RJD leaders close to Lalu, a vaastu expert suggested that the pond be filled up since it was located in the middle of the house, creating negative energy and obstacles for the family and the party.

‘Vaastu shastra’ is an ancient Hindu architectural doctrine that is believed to help occupants of the structure or house to lead a happy life.

Lalu ‘has faith in superstition, astrology and rituals’, an RJD leader said.

The RJD chief has been visiting various temples and tombs.

A ruling Janata Dal (United) leader recalled that Lalu was a different man when he took over as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the first time in March 1990.

Lalu was radical. He used to make fun of ‘babas’ and religious beliefs but over the years troubles and uncertainty in politics have turned him superstitious,” he added.



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