Buoyed with the spectacular comeback of his party in Bihar assembly polls, RJD chief and former CM of Bihar Lalu Prasad claimed that “anger” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reflected in the results. RJD emerged as the single largest party with 80 out of its 101 candidates registering victory. Both his sons Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Prasad won in Mahua and Raghopur, respectively, with an impressive margin.
And now, a day after stunning result for the ‘Grand Alliance’ which swept nearly 3/4th of seats, Lalu said he would soon launch a nation-wide agitation against the “kattarpanthi”, or communal forces.
“There is an anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the country. The Bihar results have given some relief to the countrymen,” Mr. Prasad said training criticism at the ruling dispensation at the Centre.
“Nitish Kumar will look after Bihar and I’ll move around in the country to launch a movement against communal forces,” he added further addressing the press in Patna.
On Monday, Lalu Prasad once again emphasised that PM Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi would be the first stop for him. Interacting in his known style of wits, Mr. Prasad said that in Varanasi he would search with the help of his ‘lantern’ (his party RJD’s election symbol) the development promised by the prime minister during Lok Sabha polls.
Targeting the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, he claimed, “Nobody is feeling safe in the country… they have terrorised everybody… ‘bolte thay acche din ayenge, par itna burra din kabhi nahi dekha desh’ (they used to say good days will come, but the country has never seen such bad days).”
With Sunday’s results, Lalu’s RJD has made a significant comeback in the forefront of Bihar and perhaps, National politics after nearly a decade. RJD had won 75 seats in February 2005 assembly polls when he was ousted from power after 15 years. In 2010 assembly polls, his tally had plummeted to meagre 22 seats. In between, RJD could only manage to get 4 seats in both 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections. But the biggest set-back came for him in 2013 after conviction in fodder scam case which debarred him from contesting for at least six years.
But now, he is back as the leader of a single largest party in the coalition which stalled the hitherto formidable political force in a very tightly contested poll.
And summarising a counter to his detractors and in particular BJP chief Amit Shah, Lalu said “they used to talk about ‘jungle raj’ and ‘chara chor’ (fodder thief)… people are the best judge who is what.”
(With inputs from the PTI)