Tejashwi, Manjhi to attend Sonia's dinner next week

Patna, March 11: Bihar Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi are likely to attend the dinner hosted by former Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on March 13, an RJD leader said on Saturday. Tejashwi Yadav, who is also a former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and younger son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, has been invited to the dinner by Sonia Gandhi, the party leader close to him said here.  In the absence of Lalu Prasad, Tejashwi Yadav would be the main player for RJD, an ally of the Congress party. Lalu Prasad is currently lodged in a jail in Ranchi in connection with two fodder scam cases. Danish Rizwan, the spokesperson of Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S), said Sonia Gandhi had invited the party chief to the dinner. "Manjhi will attend the dinner," he said.  Manjhi's HAM-S on February-end formally joined the Grand Alliance of RJD and Congress, hours after he announced its exit from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).  Sonia Gandhi is understood to have invited the opposition leaders for the dinner to discuss the political situation in the country, ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls likely early next year.