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It's Lalu not Laloo and it's official

Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi | June 24, 2004 13:24 IST

Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav did not start spelling his name differently after he moved to Delhi as a Union minister. It was always Lalu Prasad Yadav, insist senior officials in the ministry.

It's Lalu, not Laloo. Pic: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images"The minister has not changed his name. Everybody knows that [it is Lalu] in his home state Bihar. It is the media which distorted the spelling, sometimes with deliberate mischief," a senior railway official told rediff.com

The official said Parliament and other official records have always had the minister's name spelt as Lalu.

"Now that Laluji is the railway minister in the United Progressive Alliance government and has come to Delhi, the media is exercising caution in ensuring that his name is correctly spelt," the official pointed out.

He hinted that Lalu's political adversaries both in Bihar and Delhi were responsible for distorting his name.

For years the former Bihar chief minister, known as much for his earthy ways of life as his eccentricities, had his name spelt as Laloo or Lallu or several other variations thereof in the English media.

Lallu in Hindi means dim-witted and the minister's supporters believe the distortion was deliberate and done at the behest of his political opponents.

rediff.com has always spelt the minister's name as Laloo. But we will switch to the official spelling now. It will be Lalu Prasad Yadav.

 


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Sub: Partially correct

You are partially right. But the absolutely correct way to address the union railway minister is 'Lalu Prasad', according to the Indian Railways website. 'Laloo ...


Posted by K





Sub: what is in the name?

hardly matters, if it is Laloo, Lalu, Lallu etc etc. he has to do his duties as railway minister.Hope media will not make stories out ...


Posted by kanhaiya





Sub: good one

last line was a good one !! I liked it.. did his supporters give dhamki to rediff.com ??


Posted by srinath





Sub: Lalu versus Lallu vs Laloo

What´s in the name? Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav is a genius and represents the masses, symbolises Indian culture and I wish to see him as ...


Posted by Dwijendra Gupta





Sub: Lalu versus Lallu vs Laloo

What´s in the name? Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav is a genius and represents the masses, symbolises Indian culture and I wish to see him as ...


Posted by Dwijendra Gupta




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