Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday said former party leaders who left but were trying to rejoin the party after it returned to power in Bihar were not welcome. This is the second time this week that Lalu Yadav is stamping his authority in Bihar where he is warming up to his second lease in a political career that had taken a massive nosedive.
"Those who left or deserted the Rashtriya Janata Dal during or ahead of the Bihar assembly elections are not welcome in the party," the former chief minister said.
"They are trying to say, 'May I dhukin sir!'(asking for permission to join the party). But there is no chance for them," he said in his signature drawl.
Lalu asked party leaders and workers to tell all those trying to rejoin the RJD to keep away.
Such people in the habit of deserting the party in times of crisis and showing eagerness in rejoining it when in power should be punished, the RJD leader said.
The RJD won 80 assembly seats in the 2015 assembly elections and emerged as the largest single party in the 243-member house.
Lalu Prasad is likely to be re-elected as party chief on January 17.
Earlier this week, Lalu Prasad advised spokespersons of his party and ally JD(U) not to squabble publicly.
"Fizul mein na bole," (Don't speak needlessly), he told the media, referring to the spokespersons. "If you don't understand an issue, remain at home and be quiet."
Lalu Prasad made the remark while accepting greetings from party leaders and activists on New Year's day.
He expressed displeasure over what he said were unnecessary remarks by several leaders of his Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal-United.
"Grand Alliance is intact and united. There is no rift between us. The state government is on the right track," he said.
"Spokespersons must consult, discuss issues with senior leaders and take permission before speaking to the media."
According to RJD leaders, Lalu Prasad is unhappy over his party colleague Raghuvansh Prasad Singh's criticism of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over incidents of crime.
Earlier, JD(U) leaders reacted strongly to Lalu's tips to Nitish Kumar on how to deal with the law and order situation.