Rift between sons one of the reasons, say party insiders
The Hush Post: Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is suffering from depression. Doctors attending the former Bihar CM at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, have mentioned it in their report, R K Shrivastava, Director, RIMS, has said. Depression was also mentioned in the medical discharge slip from AIIMS.
“The RJD chief’s behaviour has been abnormal since last Saturday. Doctors examined him and found symptoms of depression … he is not speaking much to anyone,’ Shrivastava had earlier told mediapersons.
Last week, Lalu was shifted to the 100-bed paying ward in the hospital after RIMS authorities accepted his prayer that poor hygiene, mosquito menace and the barking of dogs were affecting his health. The change of ward was done after permission was obtained from the jail superintendent.
Media reports have attributed party sources as saying Lalu’s deteriorating health was due to corruption cases affecting his family and also reports of political one-upmanship between his two sons. Elder son Tej Pratap’s padyatra (foot march) from Patna to Sitab Diara, the birthplace of socialist leader Jai Prakash Narayan, is seen as counter to younger son Tejashwi’s July bicycle yatra from Bodh Gaya to Patna.
Prasad has already publicly shown his preference for younger son Tejashwi Yadav as heir apparent. But elder son Tej Pratap Yadav, a senior minister in the previous grand alliance, has high public standing.
After spending a few months out of jail, the RJD supremo surrendered before a CBI court in Ranchi on August 30. The provisional bail granted to him by the Jharkhand High Court for medical treatment has ended.