RJD chief Lalu Prasad, on Sunday, rejected the JD(U) leadership’s claim that the BJP was to blame for dissent within the ruling party over the June 19 bypolls for two Rajya Sabha seats.
“The JD(U) house has been set on fire by the party’s legislators and now they are looking for a fire tender,” said Lalu.
This is the RJD chief’s first piece of communication since Nitish Kumar’s public appeal urging Lalu to back the two JD(U) nominees in the RS poll, “to defeat the BJP design to being down the Jitan Ram Manjhi government.”
Lalu confirmed that Nitish had spoken to him requesting to commit the 21 RJD MLAs to the JD(U) nominees, whom the rebels are seeking to upstage by backing independents pitted against them.
The RJD chief was speaking to reporters before leaving for Muzaffarpur in north Bihar to meet victims of a mystery disease that has claimed the lives of over 60 children in the last two weeks.
The JD(U) rebels, counting on the support of 84 BJP MLAs in the Bihar assembly are backing independents Anil Sharma and Sabir Ali, against the JD(U) nominees.
The rebel camp is counting on the support of 30 or more out of 117 JD(U) MLAs to facilitate the defeat of the two official party candidates.
JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav has already been elected unopposed for a third RS seat for which by election was scheduled to be held on June 19.