Lalu Prasad Yadav wants to be PM
Lalu believes he can be PM of India, refuses to put a date on it.
November 12, 2006
His successful run has earned him the best minister tag in the UPA government. Railways under him has started learning what profits mean. Management studies now focus on what Lalu does to usher in change and success. Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav now thinks he has got miles to go in the Indian political scene.
Lalu Prasad Yadav wants to Prime Minister. The RJD chief and the nation’s Railway Minister who has seen loads of laurels being showered on him of late is not averse to the idea of leading the country.
Participating in a programme on television, Lalu Prasad Yadav said he wants to become the Prime Minister for sure, adding that he will do that without any quarrel or fuss.
However, he refused to hazard a guess on how long it would take for him to get the top post.
Reports quoting him said: “Who knows when somebody may become what? We keep thinking... keep working... it will happen when an opportunity arrives."
Elaborating on his agenda and thoughts, Lalu Prasad Yadav said he had wanted to become home minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, however, some difficulty led to him being given the Railway portfolio. However, he added: “ I am not disappointed for not getting the Home Ministry. I wanted that the country should have a strong law and order mechanism.”
Attacking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying that he lacked mass support in the state, Lalu said “He is nothing. He is a zero”. He also denied then Prime Minister VP Singh's claims in his book that he had ordered him to arrest Advani who was on his way to Ayodhya via Bihar. He claimed that officials declined to carry out his orders until Singh gave the "go-ahead" to arrest Advani.