Among the world’s most charismatic and un-ignorable political personalities, Lalu Prasad Yadav turns 72 today, on June 11, 2020. Lalu himself is not sure about how old he is and just goes by the date stated on one of his certificates. Age, however, is just a number for Lalu, the self-proclaimed ‘socialist’ whose brazen disregard for the law and ravenous embezzlement of public funds ran an entire state — a state he continued to rule even from jail — aground. Back in the day, Lalu was one of India’s youngest Parliamentarians and always a hit with the press and the public. Here are some of his top quotes:
‘I know some people say I can be funny. But there is always a deeper meaning to what I say.’ - On his comical public image.
‘Narendra Modi is the Donald Trump of India. They are like twin brothers.’ - His views on the current PM
‘If Hema (Malini) is my fan, then I’m her air-conditioner’ - On being told the Bollywood actress is an admirer of his.
"Who else, but myself! There is nobody better than me.’ - On being asked who should play his role in a Bollywood movie.
‘I don’t rule out the possibility of being the prime minister of India one day.’ - On his prime ministerial ambitions.
‘My mother always told me to take the buffalo by the tail, but I always take it by the horns.’ - On experience as Railways Minister
‘I have come to know that Harvard University is doing research on me.’ - Taking a dig at those who mocked his humble background.
‘Jab tak samose main rahega aalu, Bihar main rahega Lalu.’ - During an election campaign
‘I will make Bihar’s roads as smooth as Hema Malini’s cheeks.’ - On hearing the actress had complained about the state of roads in the state.
‘If you don’t milk the cow fully, it falls sick.’ - On turning around Indian Railways
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