Lalu Prasad Yadav is an Indian politician from Bihar. Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Chief Minister of Bihar. He was also the Indian Railway Minister from 2004 to 2009.
Lalu Prasad Yadav is an Indian politician from the state of Bihar. He is the President of The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the former Chief Minister of Bihar.
From 2004 to 2009 Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Minister of the Indian Railways under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in New Delhi.
Lalu Prasad Yadav was elected as the Member of the Parliament in the 15th Lok Sabha from Saran constituency in Bihar. The popularity of this Indian politician lies in his ability to connect with the masses.
Life of Lalu Prasad Yadav
Lalu Prasad Yadav was born on 11th June, 1948 in Phulwari, Gopalganj district of Bihar in a poor Yadav family to Kundan Rai and Marachhiya Devi. He was inclined towards politics since his college days.
The former Chief Minister of Bihar and the then President of Bihar State Janata Party, senior leader Satyendra Narayan Sinha placed him as a candidate for Lok Sabha and campaigned for him.
At 29 years of age he was elected as the member of the 6th Lok Sabha on a Janata Party ticket and became one of the youngest members to be elected to the Parliament. In the next ten years he became a formidable force in State politics of Bihar.
In the General election and State Assembly election in 1989 he successfully led the National Front coalition in Bihar. Lalu Prasad Yadav served as the Chief Minister of Bihar from 1990 to 1997 but his rule was interrupted following the escalating corruption charges in the Fodder scam. He formed the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in 1997, after breaking away from the Janata Dal.
On June 1, 1973 he married Rabri Devi and they have two sons and seven daughters.
Lalu Prasad Yadav as Indian Railway Minister
Lalu Prasad Yadav was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha from Chhapra and Madhepura constituency of Bihar. He was consequently made the Railway Minister. Later he gave up the Madhepura seat.
As a Railway Minister he had been successful and won several accolades for his performance. He banned the use of plastic cups for serving tea railway stations and announced that they would be replaced by kulhads (earthen cups) and this had been seen as a major achievement.
Lalu Prasad Yadav was able change the Indian Railways from a loss making organization to a profit making organization. The Indian Railways under his stewardship is said to have made a profit of 14,000 crores with decreased freight and unchanged passenger fares in 2006.
This method of managing an organisation caught the attention of Universities like Harvard and Wharton where he was invited to give lectures to the students. The turnaround of the Indian Railways is now being studied by the students of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.