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Voters will chase BJP out of UP like they did in Bihar: Lalu

Voters will chase away the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of Uttar Pradesh like they did in Bihar, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad said at the Samajwadi Party’s silver jubilee event in Lucknow on Saturday.

india Updated: Nov 05, 2016 15:59 IST
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RJD chief Lalu Yadav addresses the gathering at the Samajwadi Party’s silver jubilee event in Lucknow on Saturday.
RJD chief Lalu Yadav addresses the gathering at the Samajwadi Party’s silver jubilee event in Lucknow on Saturday.(ANI)

Voters will chase the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of Uttar Pradesh like they did in Bihar, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad said at the Samajwadi Party’s silver jubilee event in Lucknow on Saturday.

“We are here to strengthen the SP. We have chased the BJP out of Bihar. We will chase the BJP out of UP too,” Lalu said, pitching incumbent Akhilesh Yadav as the state’s next chief minister.

The RJD chief sought to ease tensions within the ruling family in the UP government, urging Akhilesh to keep infighting at bay to win the assembly polls.

“Since no one can fight us, we fight with each other,” the former Bihar chief minister said, in an apparent reference to the ongoing Yadav family feud.

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He also trained his guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a range of issues, including black money, the surgical strikes and intolerance.

“Secular forces must unite to keep the BJP away,” Lalu said.

Questioning the BJP’s claim that it was the first time the Indian Army had carried out surgical strikes, he said: “Mulayam Singh Yadav ji will tell you how many times surgical strikes have been carried out (by the army).”

Mulayam served as the country’s defence minister in the United Front government between 1996 and 1998.

The RJD chief also raised the issue of the one-day ban imposed by the government on Hindi news channel NDTV India over its coverage of the Pathankot attack, terming it “an attack on freedom and democracy”.