Lalu Prasad Yadav

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Lalu Prasad Yadav assumes the charge as Railways Minister in New Delhi on May 24, 2004

Lalu Prasad Yadav (born 11 June 1948) is an Indian politician from the state of Bihar.


  • Wagon is the bread-earning horse of the Railways. Load it adequately. Make it run and don't stable it.
    • When some of the Railway Board members expressed apprehensions in increasing wagon loads, a decision which alone generated Rs 7,200 crore (Rs 72 billion) (Source: Lalu to teach management at IIM-A).
  • I've not given them (the poor people of Bihar) heaven, but I've given them a voice.
  • Indian Railways is the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma. So is the safety of passengers... It is His duty, not mine. I have been forced to don His mantle.
  • I work so much. If I don't get all the comforts, I will turn mad.
    • Responding to the criticism of his adversaries that he always travelled in a salon. (July 3, 2004 The Times of India).
  • If we increase freight rates, the goods will move through the roads and the condition of the roads will become worse.
    • While presenting the Union Railway Budget ("Railway Budget". The Times of India. July 7, 2004. ).
  • Why should I tell you where I am going to get funds from? If I were to do that then all the vested interests would get alerted. You must be aware that railways are full of such elements and my fight is against them.
    • When an interviewer asked him from where is he going to get resources to implement the tall promises that he made in the railway budget of 2004. ("Railway Budget". The Times of India. July 7, 2004. ).
  • What does dating mean?
    • Original: Dating Mane?
    • When a news reporter asked his opinion about a new dating website called which was recently launched, and the name was inspired by the matrimonial bond between Lalu Yadav & his wife. (Feb 2005, Times Now news Channel).
  • You think that the poor and oppressed people of Bihar will ever forget Lalu Yadav? I am the only one who has done something for them. The people know that. They also know that the rest (of the political class) are useless.
    • In an interview, when asked "But is it not true that Bihar is lacking in development? That despite all your proclamations on social justice the poor and oppressed of the state are still suffering?" ("Q & A: Laloo Prasad Yadav". The Hindu. Mar 22, 2004. Retrieved on 2006-05-08. ).
  • Robbery is common.
    • Original: Daketi to hota rahta hai.
    • Answering to the issue of railway security" ("Laloo girds up for his big day". The Hindu. July 06, 2004. Retrieved on 2006-05-08. ).
  • I know some people say I can be funny. But there is always a deeper meaning to what I say. I am a socialist at heart and have the interests of the poor in mind. When people see how I manage to work my way out of tough situations, it gives them hope in their own life
  • I do not rule out the possibility of being prime minister of India one day, but there is still time.
  • Why not? We will definitely give them and charge rent.
    • When asked Asked if ICL would be able to use Railway stadiums (Lalu Prasad Yadav backs ICL. NDTV (August 9, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-08-29.)".
  • Indian Railways is the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma. So safety of passengers is His duty, not mine.
    • "Samosa and Laloo", Hindustan Times, 30 September 2013
  • I will make Bihar's roads as smooth as Hema Malini's cheeks.
    • Samosa and Laloo", Hindustan Times, 30 September 2013



Quotes about Yadav

  • For Bihar, the 90s is synonymous with the meteoric rise of Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is credited to have created the MY (Muslim–Yadav) vote bank. The Yadavs were obviously his own caste people, who led the rise of the OBCs, or the intermediary castes, against the political hegemony of the upper castes, while Muslims rallied behind the Janata Dal after ditching the Congress due to the Rajiv Gandhi government opening the locks of Ayodhya. Additionally, the fact that many Muslim groups were enumerated as OBCs, who too would benefit from the recommendations of the Mandal Commission, made a large section of the Muslim community support the Janata Dal and Lalu Yadav. The Mandal Commission had recommended reservations in government jobs and educational institutes for the OBCs.
    • Sanghi Who Never Went To A Shakha. Rahul Roushan. Rupa Publications India. 2021.
  • Lalu Yadav ordering the arrest of Advani, and Mulayam Singh Yadav ordering the firing on kar sevaks in Ayodhya, where dozens—some claims put the number in hundreds—of ordinary Ram bhakts were killed, were the events that ignited Hindutva sentiments among a larger chunk of the masses. The talking point no longer remained ‘Muslim appeasement’. Now, people could sense ‘persecution of Hindus’ with such actions—something that was not too obvious under the Congress governments, as I had mentioned earlier. This is the reason why the BJP saw a huge jump in vote share in the ensuing 1991 Lok Sabha elections.
    • Sanghi Who Never Went To A Shakha. Rahul Roushan. Rupa Publications India. 2021.
  • Lalu is not guilty in people's court.
  • Congress is silent but today, one of its allies confirmed the intentions of INDI Alliance. Their leader, who is in jail in connection with the fodder scam and has been punished by the court…He has just come out on bail…He said that Muslims should get reservations and not just reservations, he says that Muslims should get complete reservations. What does this mean? These people want to snatch away all the reservations that SC, ST, and OBC communities have and give complete reservations to Muslims….” “They can’t see anything beyond appeasement now, he said at the rally, adding “If they come to themselves, they will also take your breath right away.
  • The apprehensions expressed by BJP and PM Modi are now proving to be completely true. The genie of Muslim reservation has come out of the lamp of the INDI alliance and is visible in the sky from the South to the plains of Ganga. The thing worth noticing in the statement given by Lalu Prasad is that the most serious word he was asked about the Muslim community, he said yes Muslims should get reservation ‘poora ka poora’. It became clear that they want to give reservation to the Muslim community by snatching the share of SC, ST and OBC…
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