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HindustanTimes Wed,22 Oct 2014

Third front is illusion: RJD chief Lalu Prasad

B Vijay Murty , Hindustan Times  Ranchi, February 06, 2014
First Published: 21:30 IST(6/2/2014) | Last Updated: 21:33 IST(6/2/2014)

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday declared the proposed third front an ‘illusion’ which doesn’t exist. “The third front is an illusion, which doesn’t have any semblance or significance in the nation’s politics,” the maverick politician said at Ranchi’s Birsa Munda airport. Prasad arrived in Ranchi this evening to appear in a special CBI court on Friday in connection with a fodder scam case.

Party workers said that though Prasad was informed on Tuesday that his physical presence in court was not required since the presiding judge has been transferred to another district, he stuck to his pre-planned itinerary and preferred to visit Ranchi to meet party workers and leaders in the wake of the forthcoming parliamentary polls.

Accorded a warm welcome by his party workers—RJD is ruling alliance in Jharkhand government—Prasad seemed relaxed and took questions from reporters with ease. “There are only two fronts in India, UPA and NDA. I find hardly any scope for the third front,” he said, out rightly rejecting the need for a third front in the present political scenario. The RJD chief said that his party would contest the forthcoming parliamentary polls in alliance with Congress and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).

Lalu was recently released from Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central jail after he was convicted in a case of Fodder Scam and subsequently lost his parliamentary membership. No sooner he walked out of the jail on bail, he got vocal against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.

On Thursday, he said the BJP is communal and it proved its hatred towards the minorities by preventing introduction of anti-communal violence bill in the parliament. On sharing of seats ahead of the polls, he said the three parties will exercise maximum restraint and take decisions sensibly. “Shall the need arise, we would bend our norms and would expect the same from Congress.” But, he said, they won’t do anything that would jeopardize the alliance in any way.

 Prasad has announced two massive party rallies in Ranchi and Patna ahead of the polls.


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