Last Updated: September 02, 2023, 23:52 IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday put out a video from his dinner meeting with Lalu Prasad Yadav at the residence of Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Misa Bharti last month and is seen picking the RJD supremo’s brain on politics and imbibing culinary skills from him.
“I always find Laluji to be very incisive and I respect his political gyan,” the Congress leader said in the more-than-seven-minute-long video shared on X (formally known as Twitter) and is seen learning the recipe for “Champaran mutton” preparation from Lalu Prasad, with Bharti also joining them in the cooking session.
लोकप्रिय नेता, लालू जी से उनकी सीक्रेट रेसिपी और ‘राजनीतिक मसाले’ पर दिलचस्प बातचीत हुई। ग़रीबों, वंचितों, अल्पसंख्यकों और महिलाओं के लिए INDIA की सोच एक है – समानता, प्रगति और सशक्तिकरण।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 2, 2023
Gandhi and Prasad also discussed politics and exchanged views on “hate being spread”.
During their chat, the Congress leader asks the RJD supremo what his suggestion to him and other next-generation politicians would be, to which Prasad says, “My suggestion is that your parents, grandparents had shown a new path to the country and kept it on the righteous path, you should not forget that.”
Gandhi said, “Interesting conversation with popular leader, Laluji, on his secret recipe and ‘political spice’.”
“INDIA’s vision for the poor, underprivileged, minorities and women is one – equality, progress and empowerment,” Gandhi wrote in his post in Hindi, referring to the opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance alliance.
In the video, Gandhi asks Prasad what according to him is “political masala”. To this, the RJD supremo says, “Political masala is to struggle and fighting injustice.”
When asked if he knows how to cook, Gandhi says he is not an expert but can cook. “When I used to work on Europe, I had to learn cooking,” he can be heard saying in the video.
Gandhi also asks Prasad about the ruling BJP allegedly spreading hatred, to which the RJD leader says the political hunger of the saffron party is never satiated. “When the economic situation is better, this (spreading of hate) happens less and when it is bad, this happens more. Right now, the economic situation is bad, so this is on the rise,” he says.
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, who was also present during the dinner, alleges that the BJP “does such propaganda, infuses poison and brainwashes people”.
Gandhi also asks Prasad if the BJP’s eventual objective is to “steal from the poor”. Prasad responds, saying, “Their aim is to burn down the houses of the poor, destroy their wealth and their homes. They want to have people in their clutches.” The leaders also talk about eliminating hatred and ‘open mohabbat ki dukan’.”
The Congress leader also gets the mutton dish packed for his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. At the end of the video, Priyanka Gandhi is seen relishing the dish.
(with inputs from PTI)
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