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In final phase of polls, Lalus squabbling sons realise blood

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Blood is thicker than water. The adage has again proved to be correct in the last phase of in Bihar, with Lalu Prasad's sons Pratap Yadav and giving up their tug of war to work jointly for the victory of their eldest sister

Pratap, the mercurial elder son of Prasad, had recently quit as the patron of the party's students' wing and even campaigned against RJD nominees in a couple of seats when the names recommended by him were ignored.

He, however, remained unflinching in his loyalty towards Bharti, often campaigning in her favour with mother Sunday was the first occasion when he did so alongside Tejashwi.

Bharti is in the fray from Pataliputra, the Lok Sabha seat she had unsuccessfully contested in 2014. was defeated in Pataliputra in 2009 by friend-turned-rival

She is pitted against and sitting Ram Kripal Yadav, a former loyalist of her father who joined the ahead of the 2014

At a rally in the constituency on Sunday, the two brothers stood side by side, holding aloft a photograph of their jailed father, who is serving jail term in fodder scam cases.

Pratap Yadav also reaffirmed his "fondness" for his younger brother, saying he saw him as Arjuna, who he was helping as Lord

The rift between and his family first surfaced when he filed a divorce petition against his newly married wife and widened when his estranged Chandrika Rai, a former minister, was chosen to contest from Saran.

Both and had fought elections from Saran constituency in the past.

An said on condition of anonymity that the two brothers came together at the insistence of Misa Bharti, who made them sit together and explained that by fighting each other they will end up falling into the trap of the BJP-led NDA, which wants to "finish off the party.

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 16:41 IST