Lalu Prasad

Politician

1947 –

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Who is Lalu Prasad?

Lalu Prasad Yadav is a Politician and actor from Bihar,India. He was the Minister of Railways from 2004 to 2009 in the ruling United Progressive Alliance government, Chief Minister of Bihar from 1990 to 1997 and is the President of the Rashtriya Janata Dal political party. He was a Member of Parliament of 15th Lok Sabha from the Saran constituency in Bihar, but disqualified as MP owing to conviction for his involvement in the 1996 fodder scam.

He entered politics during his student days at Patna University, and he was elected a member of the Lok Sabha in 1977 as a Janata party candidate. At the age of 29 he was one of its youngest members of Parliament. Yadav became Chief Minister of Bihar in 1990 but resigned in 1997 following escalating corruption charges relating to the Fodder Scam. From 1997 to 2005, with brief interruptions, his wife Rabri Devi was the Chief Minister. Her political opponents often accused her as having served as his "surrogate." His tenure as Chief Minister of the state has been criticized for lawlessness and has been termed as the Jungle Raj.

He is known as a crowdpuller, shrewd and colourful politician but has been criticized for promoting and encouraging caste-based politics and there are several corruption cases against him. On October 3, 2013, he was awarded a sentence of five years of rigorous imprisonment and 25 lakh fine for his role in the Fodder Scam.

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Born
Jun 11, 1947
Gopalganj
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Hinduism
Nationality
  • India
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Laws, Patna University
    ( - 1969)
  • Master's Degree, Patna University
    Political Science
Employment
  • Indian Railways
  • Central Organization for Railway Electrification
Lived in
  • Bihar

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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