Fodder Scam: Rabri will guide us in Lalu's absence as she did in the past, says RJD
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Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad's wife Rabri Devi, who like her husband is a former Chief Minister of Bihar, will lead the party in his absence, it was announced on Sunday.
The decision to anoint 54-year-old Rabri was taken at a crucial meeting of RJD MPs, MLAs, MLCs and senior party functionaries at her residence here.
"Prasad is our leader and will remain so in future...In his absence Rabri will guide us as she had done in the past," RJD's National General Secretary Ramkripal Yadav told reporters after emerging from the meeting.
Rabri while addressing the meeting scotched speculation that she will contest the 2014 general elections from Chapra parliamentary seat of her husband, saying she was not greedy for any political post. Prasad is set to be disqualified from the Lok Sabha after his conviction in the fodder case.
Prasad is lodged in a Ranchi jail after being convicted in a fodder scam case by a CBI court which handed him five years imprisonment.
Rabri asked party leaders and workers to maintain rock-like unity in the hour of "crisis".
"I appeal to you all to maintain rock-like unity and carry forward the party's programme and social justice agenda," she said.
"All of you must shed your differences to stand united to make the party a strong political force in Bihar," Rabri said and outlined the party's political agenda over the next couple of months. She said the district and assembly constituency-level programmes of the party will go on as scheduled as decided earlier by Prasad.