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Friday, August 18, 2006

Romancing Rabri Devi

Whatever he may think of taxpayers' money, you can't say that Lalu Prasad Yadav doesn't have a heart. Consider his love for Rabri Devi:
While scores of railway projects wait to take off, work on the 20.9-km stretch between Hathua and Bathua Bazar on the Hathua-Bhatni section of North Eastern Railway is moving at a breakneck pace.

The reason: On completion, it will connect Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s ancestral village, Phulwaria, with that of his wife Rabri Devi, Salar Kalan, just 2.9 km apart.


Rabri is learnt to have requested Yadav to get both their villages connected by rail some time back.
I shudder to think what would have happened had Lalu been civil aviation minister.

This particular railway line may not be a bad thing, of course, and may actually give the region's economy a slight boost, as railway lines tend to do. But the motive behind it is rather amusing, though I'm sure Rabri will be delighted, and Lalu will get some action the night the railway line is inaugurated.

"Leave that cow alone and come to bed, my love," Rabri will call out to him. "I need you to fix your engine to my bogey so we can go chug chug chug."

Some previous posts on Lalu: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16.

(Link via email from Nazim Khan.)
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