Politician Lalu Prasad Yadav takes his first car – a Mahindra Jeep – for a spin

Lalu Prasad Yadav, supremo of Rashtriya Janata Dal became viral on the Internet recently. Lalu posted a video of himself driving a vintage jeep, which he claims to be his first car. The 73-year-old became nostalgic in the caption of the video that he shared online.

The video shows Lalu Prasad Yadav reversing the Jeep in the driveway and then taking the car out of the house. He then takes a short ride on the empty roads near his house. Many onlookers were amused after finding Lalu on the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Lalu shared a note in Hindi with the video that translates to “After several years, I drove mu first car. May the car of love, harmony, equality, prosperity, peace, patience, justice and happiness in your life always keep running happily with everyone else along.”

Lalu has been spotted in various luxury cars in all these years. However, this is the first time that the RJD chief has been spotted driving a jeep. Lalu did not share any memory of the car or any information of when did he buy the car or for how old the SUV is now. However, it looks like in a good condition and every part of the vehicle is in stock form. It seems to be a Mahindra CJ or CL 550, which is known as the Mahindra Major.

1st generation Mahindra Major

Politician Lalu Prasad Yadav takes his first car – a Mahindra Jeep – for a spin

Mahindra Major is an updated iteration of the 1968 Willys Jeep. It was produced under license from Jeep in India and it became quite popular as well. The Major was built on a new chassis that also underpinned the Mahindra Armada at a later stage.

It gets a signature seven-slot grille and it is the last-generation vehicle that got flat fenders. Even the front-end gets a very squarish design. It gets a canopy roof, which has been removed in the vehicle that Lalu is driving.

There Major only came with a diesel engine option in India. It gets powered by a 2.5-litre MDI diesel engine. It generates around 58 Bhp and 162 Nm of peak torque. It returns around 10 km/l. Mahindra also used to offer a 4X4 option with the car. Only a four-speed manual transmission was available with the car.

There are only a few examples of the Mahindra Major in good condition in India. With time, many owners scrapped the vehicle while only a few of them maintained it over the years. The Major is the spiritual predecessor of the current-generation Thar. Mahindra has a rich history in India when it comes to producing Jeep and Willys licensed products. Over the years, Mahindra has become an expert SUV manufacturer in India.

Shantonil Nag

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