EVEN AS Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav is riding high on the performance of the Railways, his party the Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) is planning to cash in on his new image in the forthcoming Assembly election.
Talking to mediapersons here on Saturday, RJD national general secretary SM Qamar Alam said since Yadav took charge of the Railways, it’s earning profit and moving fast with path-breaking performance.
“Not only the image of railways has improved among the common people but it has also added to the image of our national president,” Alam said adding that people were acknowledging the performance and achievements of Lalu Prasad.
“If Lalu could do wonders in the railways, he could also bring Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on the path of development. All we have to do is to convert the popularity of Lalu among the people into votes,” he said.
“In the run up to Assembly election, the RJD would organise rallies in big cities located in East UP, West, Central and Bundelkhand regions. All the rallies would be addressed by Lalu Prasad,” Alam said.
Earlier, a meeting of the district presidents and senior workers of the RJD was held under the chairmanship of State president Bhola Singh. In the meeting, it was decided that the RJD would contest the urban local bodies elections.
The district presidents were directed to submit the list of the candidates within 15 days.
Singh said the party was planning to contest 125 seats.
The local bodies poll would show the areas where the party could perform better.
“In the last assembly election, we have fielded candidates on 42 seats and in the coming Vidhan Sabha election too we have decided to field candidates in each district,” Singh said.
In reply to a question, Alam said the RJD had cordial relationship with the Congress. “Both the parties have common view on issues like secularism,” he said adding that the party might contest election in alliance with the Congress.
On continuing with the Jan Morcha, Alam said the national president would decide on the pre-poll alliance.
He said the RJD had planned to organise demonstrations before Vidhan Bhawan and also at the residence of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.