PATNA: About 17 years ago, don-turned politician Ritlal Yadav had allegedly gunned down the husband of BJP’s Danapur MLA Asha Devi Sinha in broad daylight. Now, he will face her in the state assembly polls as RJD has fielded him from Danapur constituency in Patna district.
Ritlal is one of the main accused in the murder of Asha’s husband Satyanarayan Sinha, who had unsuccessfully contested bypolls from Danapur in 2002 on a BJP ticket. He was killed on April 30, 2003, the day on which RJD had organised a lathi rally.
Asha, a four-term MLA, criticised the decision to give ticket to Ritlal, who has 33 criminal cases against him, including murder charges. “What sort of change RJD’s CM face Tejashwi Prasad Yadav wants to bring about in Bihar by allotting tickets to people like Ritlal?” she asked.
Rital, who was released from jail in a money laundering case on August 18, filed his nomination papers on Tuesday. A former mukhiya of Kothwa panchayat under Danapur sub-division, he was earlier elected as an MLC as an independent from behind the bars in 2015.
Ritlal had unsuccessfully contested against Asha in 2010 assembly polls as an independent when he was lodged in jail in the Satyanarayan Sinha murder case. The trial in the case is still pending. “We are hopeful of his victory this time,” said Guddu Rai, a supporter of Ritlal.
Ritlal had hogged the limelight when he was appointed general secretary of RJD by Lalu Prasad to dissuade him from contesting the 2014 parliamentary polls from Patliputra, where his (Lalu’s) eldest daughter Misa Bharti was in the fray.