25 October, 2020

The Unmaking Of Laloo Yadav

The untold story of the twists and turns in the fodder scam

The Unmaking Of Laloo Yadav

The untold story of the twists and turns in the fodder scam, as seen by Outlook deputy editor Uttam Sengupta, who had a close-range view of things as Patna resident editor, The Times of India


Curiously, in hindsight, not a whiff of scandal touched Laloo Prasad Yadav’s five-year tenure as Union railway minister, from 2004 to 2009. For a politician whose name had become synonymous with the chara ghotala (or fodder scam), his tenure at the Centre remains remarkably spotless. The man himself had told me, possibly tongue-in-cheek, “I have told the prime minister he should get the IB and the CBI to keep an eye on me. There are many who are waiting to trip me up, but I am not going to oblige them.” At the same meeting, I asked him why he was so successful at the Centre but failed so abysmally in the state. His disarming reply: “When I got the time to do something, I was put in jail. What could I have done?”

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