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Denied Flight, Unwell RJD Chief Lalu Yadav Leaves Ranchi By Train For AIIMS New Delhi

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| March 29 , 2018 , 14:58 IST

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who has been suffering from diabetes, hypertension and cardiac ailments for the last several years, reportedly left from Ranchi on Wednesday for treatment to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Since the government refused permission to have Lalu Yadav flown to Delhi, he had to travel by train.

The 69-year-old former Bihar chief minister boarded the Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express along with his aides. He was brought to the railway station amid high security from Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, where he was under treatment for a host of complications since March 17.

“We are travelling to New Delhi by train at our own cost. The Jharkhand government denied Lalujee permission to travel by plane. The government’s attitude has been uncooperative from the beginning,” said MLC Bhola Yadav.

Hundreds of Yadav’s supporters had reached Ranchi railway station to see off Lalu Yadav. Two police officials and an eight-member team of armed police constables accompanied him in one of the AC first-class coaches of the train, which left Ranchi at 6:15 PM on a 15-hour journey.

Lalu, who also served as railway minister in the UPA-I government underwent an open heart surgery in August 2014.

Convicted in several fodder scam cases, Lalu had been lodged at the Birsa Munda Central jail since December 23, 2017, before he was admitted to RIMS for medical treatment on March 17.