Lalu loyalist quits party posts over ticket row

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Upset over denial of ticket from Patliputra Lok Sabha seat, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Ram Kripal Yadav, a close aide of Lalu Prasad, on Saturday quit from all party posts but said he was in the party “as of now”.

Addressing a press conference two days after RJD named Mr. Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti as candidate from Patliputra in Bihar, he disputed his party chief’s version that he had not expressed his inclination to contest from the seat.

Referring to Ms. Bharti’s visit to his home here on Friday and staying put for five hours in a bid to persuade him, he said it was an attempt at “emotional blackmail”.

Mr. Yadav, currently a Rajya Sabha member and a three-time Lok Sabha MP from Patna, said he was still in the party and has not quit Rajya Sabha.

He said the party, which was born to uphold the principles of social justice, now appeared to be interested in “family justice”.

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